A DOCTOR who secretly filmed vulnerable young women in Torbay Hospital's A&E has been described as 'despicable' by detectives investigating the case.
Trainee doctor Suhail Ahmed (pictured), 28, was jailed for sexually assaulting women while lifting their gowns to take 110 photos of their naked bodies in a 'gross breach of trust'.
Police conducted an exhaustive 18-month investigation but say there may be more women who were affected.
The former doctor was jailed for 18 months at Exeter Crown Court by Judge Francis Gilbert QC.
DCI Nick Wilden, who led the investigation, said: "It has been horrible for his victims and some have been badly affected.
"This was a very serious case and we were pleased with the result. It was such a terrible breach of trust.
"These were young women who were already in a vulnerable position, going into an environment where they expected to be treated with dignity. Their trust has been abused."
He went on to praise the courage of the victims for having the strength and determination to give evidence in extremely difficult circumstances.
"The behaviour of Ahmed can only be described as one of the most despicable breaches of trust perpetrated by a doctor imaginable," he said.
"This was clearly reflected in the sentencing. A prison sentence can be the only appropriate outcome for such offending."
DCI Wilden said: "We wish to show our great appreciation to the team leading the inquiryheaded by DS Andy Penhaligon with case officer DC Georgina Stokes who left no stone unturned to achieve justice for the victims in this case.
"The complete cooperation and highly professional response by South Devon Healthcare Trust management were also highly influential in the outcome achieved at court today.
"The investigating team is not currently aware of any further allegations relating to this individual but if anyone wishes to speak to the team, or contact the healthcare trust, they can call the police on 101."
The court heard one of the eight victims — mostly in the 20 to 25 years age range — had been forced to quit a good job because of anxiety after the attack. Ahmed, from Cardiff, took pictures of eight women while working as a trainee doctor at Torbay between March and June last year.
He told his victims he was using his mobile phone as a stopwatch to take note of their heart rate while working in the hospital's A&E department.
When two of his victims made complaints to the hospital, police seized Ahmed's computer and discovered 110 images of female patients.
Ahmed pleaded guilty to 11 counts of voyeurism and two counts of sexual assault by touching without consent.
Judge Guilbert told him: "While working as a doctor in the A&E department at Torbay Hospital you asked your patients to remove more clothing than necessary for examination purposes. You then used your mobile phone during these examinations to photograph these female patients.
"As a doctor, you were trusted not only by your patients but also by your employers. You were in a position of trust and you kept the photos you took on your camera."
Ahmed was suspended by the General Medical Council in July last year and dismissed by Torbay Hospital in August when he admitted the offences. The GMC will hold an inquiry. Ahmed will be struck off.