Doctor accused of sexually assaulting patient at Norfolk hospital has faced similar allegations in the past, court hears

Dr Manav Arora at Norwich Crown Court for a hearing in April 2015.

Dr Manav Arora at Norwich Crown Court for a hearing in April 2015. - Credit: Rob Colman

A doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient on a busy hospital ward has faced similar allegations in the past, a court has heard.

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Dr Manav Arora, 37, from Birmingham, is standing trial at Norwich Crown Court after denying the sexual assault involving a male patient.

The locum doctor was working at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when the incident is alleged to have happened in September last year.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the doctor sexually assaulted him while inserting a catheter.

The attack is said to have taken place behind a curtain while five other patients lay nearby.


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Arora told police any contact with the victim was medically necessary.

The court heard from two men who said they were assaulted in the same way by Arora at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland.

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One said he was being examined by Arora when he noticed being touched in an inappropriate way.

The man said: 'I was in pain and trying to get him off me. I was wheelchair bound at the time.'

A second man said he was alone with the doctor when he pulled down his jeans to inspect his leg.

'I thought he was examining me but next thing he started sexually assaulting me,' he added.

'I said 'what are you doing' and told him to get off.

'There were other doctors there walking past but they did not take any notice of what I was on about.'

Both men reported the incidents to the police but no action was taken, the court heard.

Earlier in the trial, the patient said: 'I didn't think at first it was that, you go to hospital for help not for somebody to take advantage of you.'

The doctor told police his contact with the patient remained within accepted practice and that he had no sexual interest in men.

The trial is expected to conclude later this week.

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