Whitburn GP, Dr Thair Altaii, has been jailed for privacy violations of female patients, four years after his original court date in 2014.
Dr Thair Altaii was first taken to court after images and videos of female patients were reportedly found on his personal laptop. The police investigated the matter after a complaint from one of his patients was made where she had suspected that she was being recorded.
The filming of patients can amount to a complete breach of privacy and the Data Protection Act, as well as the Human Rights Act. Any patients who have been a victim of Dr Thair Altaii could be entitled to make a compensation claim with No Win, No Fee representation. As a leading firm of data breach lawyers, we are very experienced in the complex field of data breach law and have settled cases for medical privacy violations where patients had been recorded without knowledge or consent.
What did Dr Thair Altaii do?
Dr Thair Altaii reportedly filmed and stored a huge number of videos and images of female patients when performing examinations. He was discovered after a patient alerted the police about her suspicions that she was being filmed in the examination room.
The patient is understood to have spotted two mobile phones that were propped up and were facing the two examination areas as Altaii examined her. After she noticed the second mobile phone propped up, she became extremely uncomfortable and notified the police.
The police searched Altaii’s home and confiscated his personal laptop where they found 19,000 images and videos of female patients. The images and videos were reportedly described as “some clothed and others in various stages of undress” which appeared to have been taken in the surgery.
Consequences for Dr Altaii
Dr Thair Altaii is understood to have denied three offences of voyeurism in relation to two women between 2008 and 2014. Four years later, he was convicted by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court in July 2018 and was then sentenced to 14 months in jail and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.
When Dr Thair Altaii went to trial in 2014, he reportedly accepted that he had recorded nine medical consultations without the permission of the patients. He excused his behaviour saying that he made the recordings for “self-assessment of his consultation skills and examination technique.”
He also faced misconduct proceedings with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) who assessed Altaii’s fitness to practice as being impaired as a result of his convictions and determined that his name should be erased from the medical register immediately.
Rights for victims to make a compensation claim
Victims of Dr Thair Altaii do not have to suffer in silence – we are here to help you get the justice that you deserve.
The negative impact that Dr Altaii has had on his victims is serious. Please do not hesitate to speak to our team of experts today for free, no-obligation advice about your experience with Dr Thair Altaii and we may be able to tell you in minutes if you have a claim to pursue.
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First published by Matthew on December 15, 2020
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