A DOCTOR convicted of sexually assaulting a male patient on a busy hospital ward has been jailed and banned from treating patients for 10 years.
Manav Arora, who used to work in Portsmouth, denied the sexual assault but was found guilty after a four-day trial.
The 37-year-old locum doctor was working at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when the incident happened in September last year.
The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the doctor groped and then performed a sex act on him while inserting a catheter.
The attack is said to have taken place behind a curtain while five other patients were lying nearby.
He was sentenced at King’s Lynn Crown Court yesterday where Judge Guy Ayers jailed him for two years.
Arora, a married father-of-three, was given a sexual harm prevention order, which prohibits him from working as a doctor or in any medical capacity with access to patients for 10 years.
The trial heard from two men who claim they were assaulted in the same way by Arora at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, four years earlier.
After the verdict, prosecutor Andrew Shaw said Arora had also been suspended in 2005 after a similar accusation was made at a hospital in Portsmouth.
Indian-born Arora, from Birmingham, received a caution from West Midlands Police after being caught engaging in a sex act with another man in Sandwell Valley Park near West Bromwich less than two weeks after the incident in Norwich.
Arora will be struck off by the General Medical Council.