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Editor's comment: Pervert GP jailed thanks to patients

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 February 2020

Romford GP Dr Manish Shah arriving at Barkingside Magistrates Court to face charges of 118 sexual assaults

Romford GP Dr Manish Shah arriving at Barkingside Magistrates Court to face charges of 118 sexual assaults

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Despicable doctor Manish Shah has been jailed for at least 15 years for 90 sexual assaults on female patients.

The court heard he deliberately picked on patients' vulnerability, because of their age or family history of cancer, in order to abuse them.

This was a horrible abuse of trust and will make all women a little nervous of male GPs.

One of Shah's patients told the BBC: "He would say you need to have these sexual health tests, to make sure you're safe. I thought if a doctor suggests it you pretty much go along with it. He just duped so many people. He used our weaknesses and fears and took complete advantage."

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Police fear he may have assaulted more women who did not come forward. Those who did report him must be commended for their bravery because it is thanks to them he will never do it to anyone else.

The case shows the surgery and police took the women's complaints seriously and any victim of sexual assault - whether by Shah or anyone else - should feel confident in coming forward and speaking to police.

Perverts who carry out sexual abuse rely on their victims being silent. The way to stop them is to report them. A spokeswoman from the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) added: "Shah not only inexcusably manipulated a huge number of women, but a girl still in high school.

"She, alongside the many women who gave evidence against Shah, has shown incredible courage in speaking out and ensuring he could be brought to justice. We want survivors of child sexual abuse to know they will be listened to, regardless of how many years have passed. They can speak in confidence to trained counsellors at the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000, while Childline is there for young people on 0800 1111 or www.childline.org.uk."

The NHS also has a dedicated number for any individuals who may have concerns or questions. They can be contacted on 0800 011 4253.

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