Blenheim doctor banned from practising

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A Blenheim doctor who inappropriately touched a patient and then changed his notes to cover his tracks has been banned from practising for 18 months.

Dr Ravi Kiran Reddy Tamma was working for Marlborough After Hours GP Services when he saw a female South Korean vineyard worker.

She complained of a urinary tract infection when he "inappropriately and/or unnecessarily" touched her genitals without the use of gloves.

He then changed his notes to cover up the inappropriate examination, the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal ruled.

Dr Tamma, who has since returned to his native India, has been suspended for 18 months and must have a chaperone present whenever he sees a female patient over the next three years.

- APNZ

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