Statement in respect of Mr Michael Shine

The inquiry into allegations of professional misconduct on the part of Mr Michael Shine took place before the Medical Council's Fitness to Practise Committee over twelve days, from 17th January to 21st July 2008. The Committee considered allegations of professional misconduct on the part of Mr. Shine in respect of nine male patients.

In respect of three of the nine patients, the Committee found that Mr Shine had abused his professional position by:-

1.Making sexual advances to each of these patients;

2.Making indecent suggestions and/ or behaving indecently to each of these patients;

3.Assaulting/ indecently assaulting these patients;

4.Undertaking inappropriate and/ or improper medical examinations and/ or treatments of each of these patients;

5.Failing to treat each of these patients with due dignity and respect;

6.Breaching the trust inherent in the doctor/ patient relationship; 7.Bringing the medical profession into disrepute.

The Committee found Mr Shine guilty of professional misconduct in respect of each allegation set out above, and embodied its findings in a report. The Medical Council considered the report of the Fitness to Practise Committee on 30th October 2008 and decided to erase Mr Shine's name from the General Register of Medical Practitioners ("the Register").The decision to erase Mr Shine's name from the Register was confirmed by the President of the High Court on 24th November 2008.

All those taking part in this inquiry did so on the understanding that it was in private and that its details would not be published. Future inquiries will be held in accordance with the provisions of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007. This provides for the hearing of inquiries in public unless an application is made to hold all or part of the hearing in private and the Fitness to Practise Committee is satisfied that it would be appropriate in the circumstances to do so.

The Council is aware that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided not to prosecute Mr Shine in respect of the complaints of two of the three patients referred to above. If required the Council will provide to Gardai or the Director of Public Prosecutions copies of any transcripts or reports.

For further information contact: Ciara McMorrow, Medical Council 01-4983130 cmcmorrow@mcirl.ie