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A former Kāpiti doctor found guilty named
December 5, 2020
Kāpiti doctor Ran Ben-Dom has lost the fight to keep his name secret.

A former Kāpiti doctor who was found to have conducted unjustified clinical breast examinations has lost the fight to keep his name secret.
Doctor Ran Ben-Dom, who is still practising in the region, was found guilty of professional misconduct by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (HPDT) in November last year, but can only be named now due to an appeal.
The ruling related to complaints made from 2011 to 2017 regarding multiple women who said he suggested and carried out breast examinations despite them being there for unrelated health queries.
At the time eight women spoke of the behaviour, which continued despite the doctor promising his supervisors he would "utterly avoid" raising the topic of breast cancer prevention.
The doctor had appealed both the Tribunal's decision and penalties, and had been allowed to keep working in the Lower North Island with his name secret due to the appeal.
Those penalties include a $5000 fine, the need for a chaperone during future breast examinations at his cost, as well as the $160,000 in costs that he was ordered to pay.
Judge Robert Dobson upheld the Tribunal's decision and dismissed the doctor's name suppression appeal.

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