'Sex assault' on hospital bed

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Police are investigating an allegation that a patient was sexually assaulted as she lay unconscious in a hospital bed.

It has been reported that the first the woman knew about the alleged attack was when police arrived at her home in Leicester to tell her they were investigating. The police and Leicester hospitals NHS trust would not comment yesterday on the details of the case, but Leicestershire Constabulary said that a 39-year-old man had been arrested, while a hospital spokeswoman said that a member of staff had been dismissed. It is also claimed that the alleged assault was recorded on the attacker's mobile phone and that the video may have been posted on the internet. The 31-year-old woman was reportedly admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary earlier this year. A University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust spokeswoman said: "We are helping police with their inquiries and can therefore say very little for now. We can confirm that a member of staff has been dismissed." She said that the employee initially was suspended immediately when the police told the hospital of the allegations. A spokeswoman for Leicestershire Constabulary said: "We cannot confirm who we are investigating until such time as they are charged or due to appear in court. "A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and released on police bail pending further inquiries."