A GP who cited Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to instill fear in his patients about their health has been found guilty of sexually assaulting 23 women.
Dr Manish Shah, 50, from Romford in East London, preyed on cancer concerns to persuade patients as young as 17 to go through unnecessary intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification, the court heard.
He convinced his victims to have unnecessary checks at the Medway Medical Centre between May 2009 and June 2013.
Prosecutor, Kate Bex QC, told jurors that some of the victims were particularly vulnerable because of their young age or because of their family history of the disease and how Shah played on the women’s fear of cancer to consent to examinations without being properly informed.
Ms Bex said:
“Fear is an incredible motivator and few health concerns are scarier than cancer. Dr Shah exploited that and used it for his own personal gratification.”
The Court heard how Shah brought up the news story about Hollywood star Angelina Jolie having a preventative mastectomy as he asked one of his victims if she would like him to examine her breasts.
It was also claimed that Shah mentioned Jade Goody to another victim, saying an examination was in her best interests. In Shah’s defence, he attempted to justify an examination in medical notes by suggesting it was “requested”.
The Jury also heard how Shah would give patients hugs and kisses, singling some out as “special” and his “star”, saying he had a soft spot for them. He would not always wear gloves and left one patient entirely naked on an examination table.
Ms Bex described to the jury how Shah flouted NHS guidelines on giving healthy women under 25 smear tests and routine breast examinations on women under 50, which were said to cause more harm than good. He also breached guidelines on the use of chaperones during intimate examinations.
The 50-year-old denied wrongdoing and said he was practicing “defensive medicine”.
Shah was convicted of 25 counts of sexual assault and assault by penetration against the six victims.
The jury was later told he had already been convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number of victims to 23.
Shah will be sentenced for all the offences on 7 February 2020.
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