South Yorkshire hospital worker denies abusing elderly patients

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A FORMER worker at a Worksop hospital has denied sexually assaulting three elderly women in his care.

Matthew Shah denies three charges of sexual assault while working at Bassetlaw Hospital.

The charges relate to incidents involving three female patients aged 64, 84 and 88 between April and May 2010, while Shah, of Savile Street, Retford, was employed as a healthcare assistant.

Michael Auty, prosecuting at Nottingham Crown Court yesterday, said all of the alleged victims had dementia and incontinence.

Jurors heard the women were in care homes and visited the hospital from time to time for treatment, where Shah’s role involved taking care of the daily needs of patients such as cleaning and bathing.

Mr Auty said Shah’s actions while cleaning his patients was ‘wholly improper’. He told the court that when Shah was arrested in 2010 he told police he thought the allegations were ‘ludicrous.’

He claimed some staff members had taken a dislike to him because he was male.

He admitted that he could be ‘over-exuberant’ with his washing technique.

Mr Auty told the jury: “It is for you to decide whether he is a person who cynically abused vulnerable patients for his own gratitude or it was, to use his own words, over-exuberance that led to people getting the wrong idea.”

The trial continues.