Court Cases – Dr Manish Shah – Romford 

A GP who worked at a Southend doctor’s surgery is facing claims he sexually assaulted patients more than 100 times, the Echo can reveal.

Dr Manish Shah, 47, specialised in family planning at the North Avenue Surgery, where he worked part time.

He also worked at a surgery in Romford between 2004 and 2013 where he is alleged to have assaulted more than 50 patients.

A number of allegations were made in 2013 but Shah, of Brunel Close, Romford, was only suspended in August 2014 – a year after an “interim condition” was imposed barring him from working with female patients.

The North Avenue surgery, in North Avenue, Southend, is run by Dr Natverlal Shah and still lists Manish Shah as a staff member on the NHS website, where it says he works on Wednesday afternoons.

The listing reads: “He is able to perform some minor surgery and his main interest is with family planning. He is able to fit and remove coils. He is able to speak English, Hindi and Gujarati.”

None of the claims relate to patients at the surgery.

The Echo called the practice to speak to Dr Natverlal Shah, but a secretary said: “He will not speak to you. There is no comment to make.”

Manish Shah is charged with 65 counts of sexual assault by penetration, 52 counts of sexual assault and one sexual assault on a child under 13.

The charges relate to 54 alleged victims.

Shah is due to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on August 31.

A spokesman for the General Medical Council (GMC) said: “We do not comment on ongoing investigations.

“Dr Manish Shah had conditions placed on his practice in 2013 preventing him from seeing female patients alone, and was suspended from the register in 2014.

“This means he has been unable to practice since then.

“In matters where a doctor is subject to a criminal investigation, our own investigation process cannot continue until criminal proceedings have ended.

“The status of any doctor can be viewed at any time on our online register by entering the name or GMC number of any doctor.”

A spokesman for Southend CCG said: “We are aware that Dr Manish Shah is facing criminal charges relating to a practice in east London and we understand that none of the charges relate to care given in Southend, however we are now confirming the circumstances of his employment with the North Avenue Surgery in Southend.”

The most recent CQC inspection of the surgery in 2015 found it was “good” and there were no concerns about patient safety. The CQC did not reply to a request for comment.

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


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