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Indian anaesthetist used hands of sedated patients to carry out 'obscene acts'

August 12, 2011 - London

An Indian origin consultant anaesthetist in the US has been accused of using the hands of sedated patients to perform obscene acts on himself during abortion procedures.

Dr Narendra Sharma, who was working at the Marie Stopes clinic in Fallowfield, Manchester, as a locum anaesthetist, has been accused of moving a woman's hand under the operating table during an abortion procedure.

Dr Sharma is facing a misconduct allegation at the General Medical Council after healthcare worker Julie Ackroyd said she noticed he exposed himself and another staff member also made claims against him.

The hearing follows a criminal trial at Manchester Crown Court in April 2009, where the father-of-two was acquitted of three charges of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without their consent.

Tim Smith, counsel for the GMC, said Ackroyd saw Dr Sharma take the patient's left hand below the table.

"She observed what she described to the police as being a stroking movement, which she considered to be inappropriate," the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

"At the time, Dr Sharma was standing right up to the table. She could not see what it was that he was doing.

"It would seem that it went on long enough for alarm bells to ring with her," he stated.

Smith said Dr Sharma then placed the patient's hand back on her body and he was seen to be exposed for about two seconds.

"It is the GMC's case that Dr Sharma was using the hand of this semi-conscious patient undertaking this procedure for his own sexual stimulation and gratification," he added.

Dr Sharma denies the misconduct allegations, and at his trial, he claimed he was the victim of a culture of racism and bullying.

The fitness to practise hearing in Manchester is listed for 15 days. The hearing continues.


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