A doctor who tried to force himself onto a colleague following a trip to the beach together has been suspended from the profession. 

Pawan Rawat, who was working at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, left a colleague feeling "trapped" and "intimidated" when he pulled her towards himself and kissed her while they were in his car.

A medical tribunal heard Dr Rawat, who worked in the orthopaedics department, had taken a female colleague to Lowestoft, where she looked at a property and then visited the beach.

But, the tribunal heard that at the end of the trip Dr Rawat had tried to force himself on the colleague, who was junior to him, in his locked car.

The woman - who cannot be named for legal reasons - told the hearing: "I realised I had made a mistake being in the car with him.

"The doors were locked. He pulled me in and he kissed me on the mouth.

"I pushed him away. He had grabbed me by the shoulders to pull me towards him - I started crying."

The tribunal was told that two years after the incident - in April 2019 - the colleague reported the incident to the police, who took statements from both individuals - with Dr Rawat "emphatically denying" it had occurred.

However, no criminal charges were brought against him as the case did not meet the evidential threshold for a prosecution.

But the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel said the incident was proved "on the balance of probabilities".

The panel ruled it would not be "appropriate, proportionate, nor in the public interest" to take no action against Dr Rawat.

Suspending Dr Rawat for three months, the tribunal ruled his actions were "sexually motivated, took place without Ms A's consent and amounted to sexual harassment".

The James Paget declined to comment but confirmed Dr Rawat no longer works for the trust.