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Physiotherapist banned after touching patients’ breasts and brushing his groin

A physiotherapist has been banned from his practice and struck off the register after massaging a patients breasts without a clinical reason.

Andrea Franchini had "breathed down a patient's neck" while massaging their breasts at a Great Health Clinic in Islington, where he touched a patient's nipple with his arms and put his hands inside her bra without her consent.

The incident, which occurred in 2019, saw Franchini ask a patient to remove her bra before sitting behind them and grabbing her chest, LondonLive reported.

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A tribunal heard the incident that saw Franchini massage the same patient's breasts and brush his groin against her just a few days later.

Franchini is also said to have failed to write up clinical notes that sufficiently explained a diagnosis or the purpose of the massage he gave to the patient.

The physiotherapist had been acquitted of similar allegations in October 2021, with a woman attending the clinic in May 2016 over a thumb injury.

Franchini is said to have inappropriately touched her breasts at the time of the appointment, but a tribunal ruled that his misconduct was not sexually motivated.

They also said that said incident did not mark "a risk of harm" from Franchini.

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Despite an order that he must work under a supervisor, a tribunal has this week banned Franchini from the profession entirely amid fresh allegations from a patient from 2019.

Within weeks of the panel's previous decision, it is said Franchini went on to touch another patient inappropriately, with the tribunal report saying he had "showed little appreciation of the distress caused".

The panel added: "We could not be satisfied that he would not repeat such behaviour and consequently he continues to represent a risk to the public.

"Even more concerning was that the subsequent touching had been found to be sexually motivated. The Panel was in no doubt that public confidence in the profession would be undermined if a finding of current impairment were not made in such circumstances."

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