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Nurse charged with patient sex attack at private hospital

A nurse has been charged with sexually assaulting two women at a private hospital, police have said.

Ioan Galatanu, 51, is accused of sexual assault by touching of one patient between 31 July and 31 August last year.

He is also alleged to have committed the same offence on another patient at Goring Hall Hospital in Worthing, West Sussex, on 6 September 2013.

Sussex Police said Mr Galatanu, of South Street, Lancing, will appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 27 May.

A hospital spokesman said: “Whilst we cannot comment in detail as criminal proceedings are under way, we take these allegations extremely seriously.

“The individual in question was suspended as soon as the allegations were made, and we continue to work as closely as possible with all relevant authorities.”

Goring Hall Hospital is part of BMI Healthcare.

Readers' comments (14)

  • Is it not enough to be hospitalised because you are ill ?
    Fancy having to worry about being assaulted by a nurse and, don't tell me that the colleagues of this gentleman didn't know about his "problem".

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  • Better not to touch the patients!

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  • I note GPs avoid any physical contact and only make the minimum of full face and eye contact with their patients now unless it is absolutely necessary to examine them.

    how they can make any observations and talk to their patients properly when they are staring at their computer screens and talking and the patient only sees their face side on I will never know! I guess it is the same for nurses and other care staff who are afraid of being accused of assault. No wonder they wish to spend so much of their time away from patients engaged in paperwork and chatting among themselves!

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  • further to my comment above I omitted to mention, but it should go without saying, that GP consultations carried out in this manner also miss the vital cues of nonverbal communication in facial expression and body language on which human beings rely heavily in any meaningful encounter.

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  • Very serious allegations and must be investigated. Quite rightly staff is suspended (on full pay) to protect everyone, including himself from further harm and accusations.
    Have also noticed hospital doctors avoid patients contact, unless they have to, leaving nurses to take vital signs observations, etc. We're told that we need to look, listen AND feel to get a full and detailed assessment of our patients. Eg not to rely on electronic devices to measure heart rate, so must palpate for rate, rhythm and strength.
    Even more 'dangerous' for a nurse to record ECGs, should we use remote hands to apply electrodes and leads. How about routine swabs for MRSA?
    List is endless. We can ask another colleague of same gender as patient, patient might need more patience and wait for staff to be free. How do we know if patients or staff are not transgender, etc

    How about inappropriate touching from patients to staff?

    Will it be clearly publicized if this staff is found innocent? Mud sticks.

    If allegations are proven, he shouldn't work and then possibly leading to striking off register and loss of future work. At 51, probably very early retirement at the country's expense.

    People wonder why not enough men don't go into nursing. For those that do, it isn't for the pay, terms and conditions.
    Everyone should be protected patients and staff.

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  • answer: always have a chaperon whenever approaching a patient.

    in Switzerland not even the gynaes. in private practice bother with that.

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  • nurse : Patient ratios

    two nurses to one patient

    qed!

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  • tinkerbell

    if guilty he should obviously face the consequences, but there is such a thing as a trial before a jury and yet he's been named before even having one. This is why trial by media should be banned because justice is meant to be blind, innocent until proven guilty etc.,

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  • I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with the previous comment; having been recently involved in an NMC case ( as a witness!) I was surprised and dismayed that details of all cases including names and localities prior to the outcome of the hearing which feels very much like quilty til proven otherwise. Only if and when quilt has been proven should idenities be revealed.

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  • My post should have read ......I have to say I wholeheartedly agree with the previous comment; having been recently involved in an NMC case ( as a witness!) I was surprised and dismayed that details of all cases including names and localities... are made available on the NMC website..... prior to the outcome of the hearing which feels very much like quilty til proven otherwise. Only if and when quilt has been proven should idenities be revealed.

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  • He is NOT GUILTY until proven otherwise. I do not understand why you have published RGN name and surname - apart from the fact that he is a Romanian national. Ive found this article xenophobic.

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  • More over: as on 30th of May on NMC website he is declared as: Registration status: Registered - no restrictions on practice. I would strongly advice Mr Galatanu (after clearing his name) to go to court and claim massive compensation from nursingtimes.net and any other newspaper for false/wrong allegation.

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  • I agree with all of the comments above that personal details should not be disclosed in the press until there is proof of guilt.

    NT should withdraw this article from The Press Association who have no doubt already spread their news. In view of all of their errors, I am not sure why NT uses this agency.

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  • All very upsetting for all those involved.

    Feel annoyed that his name has been allowed to be printed before a trial. surely he had advice to seek name suppression ?

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