Dr Nafees Hamid a neurosurgeon formerly of QE Hospital and the private Priory Hospital in Edgbaston has been jailed for 16 years at Birmingham Crown Court.
Following a six day trial he was found guilty on eight counts of assaulting six women during the course of his employment between January 2012 and June 2013.
This is another illustration where a very experienced, well respected medical professional has abused their position of trust. Vulnerable women referred to him for back and joint complaints were subjected to intrusive and inappropriate examinations which were deemed by an independent neurosurgeon in his evidence before the Judge and Jury as ‘totally unjustified’.
Detective Inspector Ian Ingram of West Midlands Police Public Protection Unit praised the women for their courage and stated that “As often happens in cases like these, it just takes one person to break their silence to give others the confidence to do the same. The women have shown great courage in coming forward and giving evidence in a trial. They have had to give details about incidents that were extremely personal and distressing in open court.
“But they can now take comfort that their actions have resulted in Hamid being convicted, put behind bars and saved any other women from potentially suffering at his hands.”
Slater and Gordon Lawyers are advising in a number of cases including that of Dr Bains and Myles Bradbury and would reinforce the comments of the Detective. It takes immense courage to come forward. In our experience, people who have been affected in cases of a like nature have questioned themselves.
When seeking medical help from highly regarded professionals it is difficult for those affected to comprehend there being any question surrounding the appropriateness of the treatment or extent of examinations they have undergone simply because they have placed their total trust in the individual by virtue of their professional status. In many instances, it has only been as a result of the hospital following procedures and contacting patients of the offending medical professionals that they have then had to face what has happened to them.
Richard Scorer is Head of the Abuse Team at Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
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