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Law firm welcome investigation into Barclay doctor
Law firm Slater & Gordon has welcomed the decision by Northumbria Police to investigate claims a doctor allegedly sexually assaulted hundreds of bank employees at company medicals on Tyneside.
Dr Gordon Bates, who died in 2009 aged 73, allegedly carried out unnecessary intimate examinations on young women about to embark on their first jobs as clerks, tellers and secretaries.
The examinations were in the 70s and 80s but police believe victims were afraid to speak out at the time.Barclays alerted police earlier this year and has contacted former staff who may have been targeted.
Law firm Slater & Gordon, which has been instructed by a number of Dr Bates’ alleged victims since the allegations first came to light last month, have backed the investigation.
Liz Dux, head of abuse at Slater & Gordon who is leading the representation of the Savile victims and many other serious abuse cases, said: “In the past two weeks we have received requests for advice from several women who were sexually assaulted by Dr Bates.
“These examinations all took place at the request of Barclays as part of their pre employment medical. Barclays bank could be liable for the actions of Dr Bates, even if they had no knowledge, because he was acting as their agent.
“Many of my clients are still employed by the Bank and are very nervous about coming forward. I can assure others that they need not be worried. Their employment cannot be effected as a result of pursuing such an action. Although Dr Bates is dead, we have to get to the truth of what happened and exactly who was effected “
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