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Judge on sex assault doctor: 'You have brought disgrace on yourself and your profession'

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A judge who sentenced a doctor to two years in prison for committing a serious sexual assault on a patient at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital has told him that he is a "disgrace to the profession".

Manav Arora, a married father of one from Birmingham, assaulted a male patient while working as a locum in September last year.

"When people go to see a doctor there is obviously a very, very high level of trust between doctor and patient. You betrayed that trust.

You have brought disgrace on yourself and your profession."

– Judge Guy Ayers

Doctor who sexually assaulted Norfolk & Norwich patient jailed for two years

Dr Manav Arora. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A doctor who was working at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has today been jailed for two years after being convicted of a serious sexual assault.

Manav Arora, a married father of one from Birmingham, assaulted a male patient while working as a locum in September last year.

He was convicted in September and today at King's Lynn Crown Court.

Arora's barrister Alan Jenkins said his career was in ruins and added that he would be struck off by the General Medical Council.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order has been imposed, prohibiting him from working with patients for 10 years.

HCL Doctors is a Government approved locum agency that supplied Arora to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. He worked there for seven weeks.

"We are deeply sorry this deplorable incident occurred and that the criminal activity of this individual was not prevented, as such we offer our full support to the victim and their family. While compliance checks were undertaken, information provided by the police as 'other information' or the DBS was not provided to the hospital Trust as it should have been. This was the result of human error."

– HCL Doctors

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Junior doctors vote in favour of strike action

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Junior doctors have voted in favour of strike action.

The first strike is planned for the 1 December where junior doctors will only provide emergency care.

This will then be followed by an all-out walkout from 8am to 5pm on 8 December and then 16 December.

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£2.5 million project to tackle antibiotic resistance

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Researchers at the University of East Anglia in Norwich are part of a new £2.5 million project to improve hospital treatment for patients with pneumonia and tackle the problem of antibiotic resistance.

The five-year programme will develop and evaluate new tests to identify bacteria and their antibiotic sensitivities in under four hours.

If successful, it will mean patients getting the right antibiotic sooner and doctors being able to better manage their stock of antibiotics.

To treat severely-ill pneumonia patients effectively with the right antibiotic, doctors must know which bacteria are responsible.

Current tests take two days or more and, in the meantime, a ‘broad-spectrum antibiotic’, capable of killing many different types of bacteria, is given until the results are available.

'Self Care Week' starts to encourage people to take control of their health

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GPs from across the East are calling on people to look after themselves as part of Self Care week, which starts today.

The week aims to raise awareness of the ways people can take control of their own health, and educates the public about where to go for help and advice.

GPs at NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting Self Care Week 2015 which runs 16-22 November.

"Self care is about taking control of your own health and doing what you can to stay healthy. At this time of year it's extremely important that people in "at-risk" groups get their annual flu vaccination from their GP. Flu is often thought of as nothing more than a bad cold, however, if you are an older person, have a long-term health condition or are pregnant, the consequences of flu can be very serious, often resulting in an unwelcome hospital stay."

– Dr mark Shenton, GP, Chairman of NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
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