Swedish health care workers face new lawsuit over allegations of misconduct
Swedish health workers face a new lawsuit claiming they are owed millions in unpaid wages and that they were not properly compensated for their work, as part of a widening investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a doctor.
The Swedish Medical Association (SMU) and its affiliate, the Swedish Council of Medical Services (SKM), have filed a new criminal complaint against Dr. Jens-Uwe Hirschfeld, a Swedish medical doctor who practices in the city of Malmö.
The Swedish Medical Board is also investigating.
The SMU, which represents nearly 10,000 Swedish doctors, says Hirschfield, a specialist in orthopedic surgery, allegedly forced them to have sex and engaged in other improper behavior with patients, as well as pressuring them into paying for sex acts or other activities in exchange for sex.
The allegations have drawn criticism from some Swedish medical professionals who say the allegations are politically motivated.
Hirschfeld is also facing criminal charges in the U.S. for allegedly coercing a patient into having sex with him.
He has denied the allegations.
Henshald, the SMU’s executive director, said Monday that the Swedish Medical Council was notified of the allegations and notified the U of M, the university, the medical board and the Swedish Health Care Management Agency.
The SMU said the allegations were investigated by the Swedish General Medical Council and that Hirschfeld has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations.
Hurschfeld was placed on leave after the SMC filed a criminal complaint in May 2016, alleging that he forced the victim to have intercourse with him without consent.
Hirschholts lawyer declined to comment Monday.
Hershholts complaint also alleged that he made a series of inappropriate sexual advances toward the woman while they were both on their knees in the clinic.
He also allegedly made unwanted sexual comments to the woman, the complaint said.
The woman filed a police report with the police, and an investigation into the allegations was launched.
Horshholtz, who is also a doctor at the University of Uppsala, was also suspended by SKM for five days in 2015 for sexual harassment of patients and patients’ relatives.
The charges were later dropped.
The case is not the first time Hirschfehof has been accused of misconduct in Sweden.
In March, a judge ruled that Horshfeld had committed misconduct, and he was removed from practicing medicine.
Heshholt has said he does not believe the allegations against him are true.