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Wrongly jailed sex case GP fighting for his future

A GP accused of indecently assaulting a female patient during a consultation about a sore throat has been cleared.

A jury at Southwark crown court took less than an hour to acquit Dr Nur Scerif.

Dr Scerif, a GP in Shore-ditch, east London, was alleged to have ordered the 21-year-old patient to strip from the waist down during the consultation.

Dr Scerif told the court the woman had made up her story and insisted the consultation, which took place in March last year, had been normal. He said the patient had left immediately after he gave her a prescription for an analgesic.

Dr Gerard Panting, communications and policy director for the Medical Protection Society, which represented Dr Scerif, said the GP was 'relieved, but absolutely devastated by the misery caused to himself and his family for the last nine months'.

He added: 'This is another example of a consultation where a chaperone isn't appropriate, yet there are still allegations ­ we need to look again at the justice system.'

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