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KID GROPE DOC BACK AT WORK; Hospital role for disgraced GP.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE By PHIL NETTLETON

A PERVERT doctor suspended for groping a 14-year-old girl patient is being allowed back to work.

Married GP Azhir Sarfraz, who also fondled a woman's breast during a house visit, was barred from practising for a year.

The disgraced father-of-three has now won the right to work in hospitals - even though he was not allowed back into general practice when his ban ended last year.

Sarfraz, 36, visited the schoolgirl at her home in Streatham, south-west London, after she complained of pain in her calves.

She was in her nightie as he examined her - and he rubbed her over her knickers when her mother left the bedroom for a moment.

The girl told a disciplinary hearing: "I told him three times the pain wasn't there but he didn't take any notice. He stopped when I said I'd tell my mum."

Sarfraz later groped a mother when he went to her home in Roehampton, south-west London, to examine her six-year-old daughter. The mum said: "He was touching my breast and thigh. It was a caress. I was shocked. I asked what he was doing. He didn't say anything but just picked up his notes. I felt horrible. I felt dirty."

Sarfraz, of Billericay, Essex, denied doing anything wrong but the General Medical Council ruled he had acted "inappropriately and indecently" and suspended him for professional misconduct.

He has now appealed to be allowed to work in hospitals, possibly in a heart department. The Family Health Services Appeal Authority has agreed as long as a chaperone is present when he examines female patients.

The authority told Sarfraz: "We are convinced it is not appropriate to permit you to work without restriction."

phil.nettleton@people.co.uk

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Date:Dec 26, 2004
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