A manager who made sexually explicit comments and jokes to patients and staff at a mental hospital in Doncaster has been found guilty of misconduct.
Mahedeo Roghoo denied the allegations but did not attend the three-day disciplinary hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in London and four of the seven charges against him were found proved.
They were committed between 2008 and 2010 while he was working as the mental health manager at the Aspens House in Highwoods Road, Mexborough.
A female nurse who worked with Mr Roghoo told the panel about the inappropriate joke, referring to his private parts, which he told in front of two female patients who were in their late 20s and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
She described both patients as ‘vulnerable but capable of understanding jokes’.
They were being taken to a doctor’s appointment in a people carrier and she said one patient laughed but no-one else in the vehicle did.
The nurse said she did not report the incident at the time because she felt intimidated by Mr Roghoo, who hinted that he could get people sacked.
On another occasion she said Mr Roghoo encouraged a mentally ill patient to believe she was pregnant when she wasn’t.
The patient had been for scans which showed she was not pregnant but she still believed she was.
One day he threw her two bags of crisps and two sandwiches and laughingly said ‘one for you and one for the baby’ and she believed he was mocking the patient and encouraged her to believe she was expecting a child.
The panel also found he had banged on a wall very hard to wake the same woman up with a jolt when she was asleep and then pretended he had fallen.
A support worker also gave evidence that Mr Roghoo had ‘a habit of coming close to me and asking me if I wanted to smell him’ which she initially dismissed as a joke but after repeated instances it made her feel uncomfortable because he would be within three or four inches of her neck.
The panel decided Mr Roghoo’s fitness to practise was impaired by reason of his misconduct.
They have imposed a condition of practice order which tells him to inform the NMC of any new appointment in the UK and undertake safeguarding and diversity courses.
Mr Roghoo, a married man, now lives in Mauritius and received notification of the case against him but said he wanted it to go ahead in his absence.