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3 January 2020 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

HJ Talks About Abuse: Sexual abuse in the medical profession

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In this episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, Alan Collins and Sam Barker discuss the topic of abuse in the medical profession.

This is highly topical at the moment with the case of GP Manish Shah being in the news recently.

The London based GP sexually assaulted 23 female patients by performing unnecessary examinations for his own sexual gratification under the guise of cancer screening.

One of the main issues in this case is the breach of trust between doctor and patient. When you visit a medical professional, they have spent years obtaining specialist knowledge to help them provide the right diagnosis and treatment. The patient must place a profound amount of trust that the professional will have their best interests in mind.

Alan and Sam look into the Manish Shah case in more detail and discuss the issues that are brought to light by similar cases.

For more information about abuse in the medical profession or to suggest a topic for a future episode, email [email protected]

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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