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Birmingham surgeon Nafees Hamid 'sexually assaulted 10 patients'

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Image caption Nafees Hamid denies all 14 charges

A neurosurgeon accused of sexually assaulting 10 female patients performed intimate examinations on them for "sexual" purposes, a court has heard.

Nafees Hamid, 50, is alleged to have assaulted the women over a four-year period at two Birmingham hospitals.

Prosecutors told the city's crown court the examinations were "medically unjustified" and Mr Hamid did not record them in a bid to "cover his tracks".

He has denied 14 charges in all.

The surgeon, who worked for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, is charged with six sexual assaults and other offences of a serious sexual nature.

'Betrayed' trust

It is alleged the assaults took place between May 2009 and June 2013 at the city's Queen Elizabeth and Priory hospitals.

Opening the case against the consultant, prosecutor Jonas Hankin QC alleged Mr Hamid targeted 10 women ranging in age from their early 20s to their mid-60s between 2009 and 2013.

He told jurors Mr Hamid performed "inappropriate and medically unjustifiable intimate examinations" on each of the women, including one of a patient waiting to be taken to an operating theatre.

"He ignored General Medical Council guidelines about intimate examinations and failed to record the examination findings in the case records so as to cover his tracks," he said.

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Image caption Some of the alleged offences took place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the jury heard

Mr Hankin told the jury Mr Hamid's purpose was "not medical but sexual".

"In failing to observe the first rule of medicine - to do no harm - he betrayed the trust of his patients and of his profession," he said.

Jurors heard Mr Hamid, who moved to the UK from Pakistan in 2000 to continue his medical training, was arrested after a complaint made by a woman being treated for back pain.

'Clothing removed'

It was claimed Mr Hamid, of Russell Road, Moseley, made inappropriate sexual remarks during the course of the examinations.

One alleged victim, the court heard, told police she was left "frozen to the spot" after being sexually assaulted by Mr Hamid, who allegedly told her she was a "sweet girl" before she left hospital.

"He avoided using a chaperone and in contravention of the most basic standards, he physically removed patients' clothing himself," Mr Hankin said.

The jury of seven women and five men was told Mr Hamid will argue that his examinations of some of the women were medically justified.

In other cases, the court heard, the surgeon will claim the incidents complained of never happened.

The trial continues.

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