AN ASIAN doctor has been accused of sexual harassment after he touched three of his female patients’ breasts.
Dr Ashok Singh, 53, also put his hand down one of the patients’ trousers to “check for hidden weapons,” a tribunal heard on Tuesday (17).
The three women claim they were molested over a 15-year period while Dr Singh was working at a hospital in Nottingham and a GP practice in Norfolk.
He was earlier cleared of 10 charges of sexual assault in relation to four women, but now faces a sexual misconduct hearing in front of the General Medical Council.
The first incident took place in 2000 when the woman, who has not been named, was admitted to the Kings Mill Hospital in Sutton-in-Ashfield following a paracetamol overdose.
Her lawyer told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester: “He asked her why she was there and she was then asked to lay on the bed whereupon this doctor began tapping at her body around her right area before he grabbed her breast over the bra.
“He had the whole of her breast in his hand as if he was touching an orange.
“He was feeling to the left side then moved his hand around to the right. She grabbed his hand and told him to stop but he carried on and told her he was checking her for lumps.
“He then moved his hand down to the top of her trousers and put his finger on the top of her trousers then moved his finger down to the pubic area.
“He then turned her round and began touching her back and told her he was checking for weapons and said a doctor had been attacked in the past.
“She recalls being told: ‘I am a doctor and you are a patient, no one is going to believe what you say.'”
The patient said she was fondled intimately during follow-up consultations.
The other two women, identified as Patient C and Patient D, also said they were molested by Dr Singh, a married father-of-three.
Dr Singh has denied sexual motivated misconduct.
The hearing continues.