Former colleague praises trial doc

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A FORMER colleague of a GP accused of carrying out unnecessary intimate examinations on 12 young women told a jury of his honesty and integrity this week.

On Monday, Dr Rosemary Smith gave evidence by videolink at the trial of Dr Yenugula Srinivas, a locum GP who lived in Heathfield near Bletchingdon at the time of the alleged assaults in 2008 and 2009.

Dr Smith, who helped train Dr Srinivas as a GP in 2005 and 2006, said: “He was polite with staff and people who were with the doctors. He was very conscientious and keen to learn.

“He was very, very straightforward with us when he was a registrar.”

“Was he competent as a GP?,” asked prosecution barrister Peter Coombe. “There was no cause for concern,” replied Dr Smith.

Earlier in the day, Oxford Crown Court was read a transcript of an interview between investigating officers and Dr Srinivas.

Detectives were keen to find out why Dr Srinivas had not made a note in surgery records of conducting an internal exam on one patient at Bury Knowle Health Centre in Headington in December 2008, and why he had not recorded finding a significant cyst.

In the interview, Dr Srinivas said he had made an entry in his own personal work diary, but admitted it was a “huge mistake” not to enter a record in the surgery’s computerised register.

The court heard Dr Srinivas had been interviewed by police without being given information about the charges he was facing. An officer giving evidence said it was done in order to assess the truthfulness of his answers.

After the 18 charges of sexual assault were later put to Dr Srinivas, he responded to each with a written statement, which were read out to the court.

Throughout his statements, Dr Srinivas repeatedly complained he was not being supplied with enough information by the police to recall specific dates and incidents, saying he saw up to 30 patients in a full day.

Referring to another patient who had cancelled an appointment because she felt uncomfortable with him, Dr Srinivas said in a statement: “In good faith I explained to the patient she had the option of making an appointment with me to keep up the continuity of care.

“I later saw she had cancelled and booked with another doctor. I thought nothing more of it.”

Dr Srinivas has denied all the charges. The trial continues.