Psychiatrist guilty of professional misconduct

A psychiatrist who had sex with patients in his care has been found guilty of professional misconduct for lying about his past when applying to work in Ireland.

Dr Bolarinwa Oluwole had intercourse with women who came to him for psychiatric help while working in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. He also kept a stash of prescription medication, pornography and condoms in his office desk.

Dr Oluwole was struck off the Nova Scotian register in 2012, but just months later turned up looking for work in Ireland. However, he lasted just one day as a locum psychiatrist in the Cavan-Monaghan area before a tip-off led to his past being uncovered.

The current whereabouts of the Nigeria-born doctor are not known and he did not turn up for the fitness-to-practise inquiry that found him guilty of three allegations of professional misconduct.

These allegations were that he lied when applying for registration in Ireland; that he failed to disclose to the Medical Council that his licence to practise in Nova Scotia had been revoked; and that he failed to reveal that disciplinary proceedings were being taken against him when he applied for work in Ireland.

Documents from the Nova Scotian medical authorities show that Dr Oluwole was employed as a staff psychiatrist in Yarmouth Regional Hospital between Jan 2008 and Mar 2010.

That same month two patients filed complaints of sexual misconduct against him while a third woman filed a complaint in Sep 2011.

One of the women, identified as Patient A was seeking help for issues with depression and suicidal thoughts but Dr Oluwole took advantage of her by engaging in hugging, kissing and touching that led to sexual intercourse.

Another woman claimed Dr Oluwole hugged, touched and fondled her leading to full sexual intercourse.

Following his dismissal, an inventory of the contents of Dr Oluwole’s office desk revealed prescription medication, condoms, lubricant gel, greeting cards and sexually explicit photographs of a woman.

Dr Oluwole admitted to all the allegations against him in a hearing in Sep 2012 and was struck off the medical register for Nova Scotia the following month.

The inquiry heard that despite numerous attempts by email, telephone and post, Medical Council case officers were not able to make contact with Dr Oluwole to inform him of the proceedings against him and that it he was believed to have returned to Nigeria.

The fitness to practise inquiry’s decision to find Dr Oluwole guilty of professional misconduct will now be forwarded to the full board of the Medical Council which will decide what penalty to impose. Under legislation he could face being struck off the register.


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