A gynaecologist was accused of sexually assaulting a patient during an examination. The patient had not reported the alleged assault to the police, and the General Medical Council took no action against the consultant after she made a complaint. The patient brought a civil claim and trial commenced in Worcester County Court. The claim was withdrawn after the doctor threatened to reveal to the court that the “infatuated” patient had pestered him for sex. The doctor’s family were angered that the patient could tarnish his reputation and have backed demands by the Medical Protection Society to grant anonymity to defendants in sexual claims in the civil courts unless there is a guilty verdict.