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GP assault charges.


A Manchester GP has appeared before Blackpool magistrates charged with sexually assaulting two elderly women patients at the medical centre where he worked.

Dr Abid Ali, 27, from Old Trafford, faced two separate counts of sexual assault.

NHS England chiefs have confirmed that he was removed from the practice when the allegations came to light.

The charges against Dr Ali, who gave his profession in court as a lecturer, were brought after consultation with Crown Prosecution Service lawyers following an investigation into the allegations.

There are two alleged victims aged 76 and 86 who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Dr Ali was working as a GP at Stonyhill Medical Centre, Lytham Road, Blackpool.

The allegations date from July 2014 and are said to relate to incidents at the centre.

Dr Ali entered not guilty pleas to both allegations.