AN NHS physiotherapist who allegedly massaged a woman until she reached a sexual climax has been struck off.
A disciplinary hearing was told hospital physio Mark Jones, 41, sexually stimulated the woman when he was massaging his patient for neck and shoulder pain.
He denied any sexual touching took place at Ystradgynlais Community Hospital but admitted a series of failings in his physiotherapy practices and record keeping.
The woman told the disciplinary hearing she lay on his treatment table as he massaged her intimately for 30 seconds until she reached orgasm.
It was claimed Jones then remarked to her: "Now you are really relaxed."
The patient, who cannot be named for legal reasons, went to police with her partner the same day to complain about her treatment.
She said she felt numb after the incident in a busy hospital — and didn't know why she hadn't told Jones to stop.
The woman, who appeared via videolink, said: "I felt trapped and uncomfortable. I didn't know what to do and I couldn't believe what was happening.
"He asked me to pull my knickers lower. He came back into the cubicle and this time . . . there was no messing around at all.
"I had my eyes closed at the time. He started massaging . . . I just lay there thinking this cannot be happening.
"I did climax and he was aware of that because my body physically moved.
"That is when he said: 'Now you are really relaxed'. I was just so frightened of making a fuss and making a scene. I didn't know if I screamed what his reaction would be."
A Health and Care Professions Council hearing in Cardiff heard the woman patient was referred by her GP for physiotherapy treatment with Jones at Ystradgynlais.
But she said as her treatment sessions went on Jones began to focus more on her "pubic area" and less on her neck and shoulders.
The woman said Jones had got "more and more confident" in the treatment sessions until he sexually assaulted her.
She said: "I trusted him and I trusted the fact that I was in a safe public space with someone I had been referred to by the NHS."
Presenting officer Chloe Binding told the hearing the female patient went to the police to make a sexual assault complaint.
But she did not take Jones to court because a police officer convinced her it would be too stressful.
Miss Binding said: "A detective constable said it was her word against his and the process of giving evidence in a criminal trial would be difficult.
"She said she felt unable to continue with the police complaint and signed a document saying she would not go further with it."
The patient told the hearing: "The CPS were willing to take the case on and I had to decide whether to face Mr Jones in court where I would probably find it very stressful.
"I was advised that details would probably be made public — that there would be a chance that I would be made to look like I was compliant.
"I decided that I couldn't go through with the stress of going to court."
The hearing was read the end of the woman's police statement which said: "All things considered I don't think I am strong enough to go through a court case.
"I maintain that Mark Jones sexually assaulted me."
The woman had been treated by Mr Jones for six months before the sex attack.
Jones disputed the patient's account but he did admit a series of failings in his physiotherapy practices and record keeping.
The HPCP disciplinary panel found Jones guilty of misconduct and struck him off the register.
He has 20 days to appeal the decision in the High Court.