Psychiatrist ‘rubbed his thighs, licked his lips and darted his tongue in and out as he grilled patient over her sex life’
By Paddy Dinham
July 13, 2017
Dr Rajesh Jain, 46, pulled his chair up close to the patient, sat with his legs open and stared at her intently as he asked her if she had frequent sex with her boyfriend, it was said.
The unnamed woman was said to have felt so ‘uncomfortable’ at Jain’s body language she refused to attend a follow-up appointment and before making a complaint.
She discovered she had been over-prescribed anti depressants by Jain who said they would ‘help her sleep.’
The encounter occurred during series of consultations Jain had with four women in which he allegedly made inappropriate comments which left them in shock or in tears, it was claimed.
A second woman living under the same roof as her partner and her ex-husband said she was asked by Jain: ‘what do you do – line them up at night and pick the one you’re going to sleep with?’
Another suffering from a severe eating disorder after she was raped by an ex-partner was left in tears when Jain told her: ‘It would be impossible to be anally raped without the use of lubrication.’
The fourth was warned by Jain she would have to be admitted to hospital because he believed she was meeting a man purely for sex – further claiming people with bipolar disorder were ‘sexually frustrated.’
The doctor later said some of his actions were ‘mannerisms and habits’ he had developed through the years – and he meant nothing by them.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told the first woman – known as Patient A – went to see Jain after she began self harming.
But lawyer for the General Medical Council, Kathryn Johnson, said: ‘Dr Jain then asked to see any scars that there were on her stomach and legs.
‘She refused to do this because it would have meant pulling her top up and trousers down and this request would result in those actions would make her feel uncomfortable.
‘She then described Dr Jain made her feel that he didn’t believe her in relation to the issue of self harming. She described how he began to ask questions about her sexual life, if she had a boyfriend, how frequently she had sex and whether it was unprotected.
‘She was surprised at being asked these questions as she had never been asked in such depth before, she felt uncomfortable with Dr Jain especially due to his body language that he was exhibiting as he was talking to her.
‘She felt uncomfortable at the fact he pulled his chair up close to her, sitting with his legs open rubbing his thighs and his tongue was darting in and out of his mouth, and in addition she felt he was staring intently at her and all this made her feel very uncomfortable.
‘She did tell her boyfriend at the time about the way the consultation had developed and he advised she made a complaint. She described because of the way the consultation had gone she felt unable to attend the follow up appointment that had been arranged.
‘The doctor says that some of his actions are mannerisms and habits he has developed through the years and he means nothing by them. but the GMC’s expert gives the opinion that if Dr Jain was aware he had these habits or mannerisms he should either warn his patients they may see him displaying these actions or take active steps to do something about them.
Another woman, known as Patient B, who had endured childhood sexual abuse went to see Jain with her partner.
Miss Johnson said: ‘At that time she was living in the same household as her partner and indeed with her children and her previous partner. She explained her living arrangements to Dr Jainbut her partner was then shocked to hear that Dr Jain’s immediate response was ‘what do you do line them up at night and pick the one you’re going to sleep with?’
‘Neither Patient B nor her partner said anything but he was concerned and thought the comment was inappropriate. Before he could explain what side effects Patient B was suffering from with her medication Dr Jain jumped in and asked if they were to do with sex.
‘Dr Jain did make a comment in relation to the issue of childhood abuse, he said something along the lines of ‘people can’t remember that far back’. That comment upset Patient B. She observed some of Dr Jain’s body language and considered that that body language would be off putting for vulnerable patients.’
A third woman known as Patient C had sought counselling over a rape ordeal at the hands of her partner. Miss Johnson said: ‘She described how the issue of sexual abuse was raised and she referred to being anally and vaginally raped but she recalls that Dr Jain then made a comment that it would be impossible to be anally raped without the use of lubrication.
‘Patient C was shocked and felt that he was not believing her and she said: ‘believe me I was raped’. Patient C described that Dr Jain did apologise to her although didn’t appear sorry at the upset he had caused, she was visibly upset and began crying.
‘She describes leaving the consultation in a daze and suffering flash backs of her previous abuse afterwards, her eating disorder got worse and her drinking increased and she made a complaint about Dr Jain. The GMC expert described the comment about the rape as grossly insensitive.’
The fourth woman, a mother known as Patient D was also asked about her sex life, whether she had a boyfriend, whether she had sex with him, if she used contraception and where she went to answer calls of nature.
Miss Johnson said: ‘When she challenged this line of questioning, Dr Jain responded that people suffering from bipolar disorder can become sexually frustrated and therefore the questions were appropriate.
‘Patient D responded by saying she was not like that and Dr Jain then went on to ask her what her mental state was like when she met the man she described that she saw on a regular basis. She described she didn’t meet that man when she was feeling low because she wouldn’t leave the house.
‘Then Dr Jain suggested that she only seemed to see the man for sex and Patient D felt Dr Jain was twisting her words because although she said she had had a sexual relationship with him she had also gone to the cinema with him and done other activities.
‘Dr Jain then suggested that if her behaviour continued he would have to admit her to hospital. Due to the discomfort and distress she told the reception she didn’t wish to see Dr Jain again, she told her parents what happened. Patient D described having been made to feel threatened by the possibility of being admitted to hospital or having her children removed.’
Jain later said he was ‘shocked and disappointed’ at the complaints and had not intended to cause any distress.
He claimed there may have been ‘some misunderstanding and a communication gap’ and claimed he had an interest in ‘sexual dysfunction.’