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NHS hospital doctor arrested for ‘sexually assaulting’ a child patient as police ‘identify eight more potential victims’

An AN NHS doctor has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual assault – and police have identified at least nine potential victims.

The 34-year-old has been an A&E clinician at Royal Stoke University Hospital and has treated thousands of patients over several years.

Police are investigating a doctor who used to work at Royal Stoke University Hospital

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Police are investigating a doctor who used to work at Royal Stoke University HospitalCredit: Alamy

Concerns had been raised about the 34-year-old’s conduct almost four years ago but he was allowed to return to work due to lack of evidence.

He was arrested in December after the parents of two girls aged seven and 15 complained about the doctor’s conduct, reports Sunday Times.

A major incident investigation has now identified the concerns of at least 109 patients who have been seen by doctors.

In 2018, he was suspended after the parents of a vulnerable young girl complained about him checking in on their daughter.

A formal investigation has been launched by Staffordshire Police and the General Medical Council.

He was suspended for a year – but returned to work in 2019 when police said there was a lack of evidence.

He then completed a two-year training course at Stoke hospital and took up a new job in August 2020 in Dudley.

Last year, concerns arose again after the parents of two girls aged 7 and 15 complained.

He was removed from his role in March 2021 and suspended from practice in October.

He is now out on bail – and denies all charges.

During his time at Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, he saw more than 800 patients – including 350 children.

Staffordshire Police and the NHS have now launched Operation Anzu to review the clinical records of children seen by doctors.

Staffordshire Force has also self-reported to the Independent Office of Police Conduct.

A spokesman said: “A 34-year-old man, from the West Midlands, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in December 2021. He is released on conditions pending further investigation. .”

They added that they were “reviewing an investigation into the same suspect it conducted in 2018”.

North Midlands University Hospital Trust has set up a helpline for concerned patients on 01782 672540.

The dedicated patient helpline at Dudley Hospital can be reached on 01384 322 311.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/4676122/nhs-hospital-doctor-sexual-assault/ NHS hospital doctor arrested for ‘sexually assaulting’ a child patient as police ‘identify eight more potential victims’

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