Venkata Naga S Syagamreddy has been struck off the HCPC Register after receiving a caution from the Durham Constabulary for an offence on 30 November 2015.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Syagamreddy was cautioned over the sexual assault of a female sixteen years or over – no penetration.
The Panel further heard that the incident took place whilst Mr Syagamreddy was working as a physiotherapist at a commercial gym, he was accused of assaulting the patient by placing his hands inside her bra and massaging her breasts for approximately two to five minutes.
Panel Chair Philip Geering commented:
“A striking off order is a sanction of last resort and should be reserved for those cases where there is no other means of protecting the public or the wider public interest. The Panel decided that Mr Syagamreddy’s case falls into this category because of the nature and gravity of his sexualised behaviour towards a vulnerable patient, his lack of insight and the high risk of repetition.”
The Panel directed for the name of Venkata Naga S Syagamreddy to be struck off the Register.
Mr Syagamreddy was neither present nor represented at the hearing.