Dr Mohammed Yasin, 30, was alleged to have been sexually aroused when he approached the student nurse and healthcare assistant.
But at a medical tribunal Yasin denied wrongdoing, claiming the women may have been confused about his intentions during the night shift at Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital.
Dr Yasin, who was working as a locum, said he hugged the women because he wanted to ‘fit in’ and had seen other colleagues doing it. The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing was told the encounter happened on April 2 last year.
The healthcare assistant known as Miss B, who had worked at the trust since October 2015, was assisting an elderly patient to the toilet when Dr Yasin approached her looking ‘stressed’.
He asked if he could have a hug and without waiting for a response put his arms around her. She told the hearing: ‘’He rubbed himself against me – it’s not something that happens every time you go to work.“As we hugged I could feel him pushing on my leg as he was grinding up and down.”
The hearing was told Dr Yasin later attended the Clinical Decision Unit where Student nurse Miss A said: was working.
The woman, who was 21 at the time, said: “He came right behind me and started to rub my shoulders.
“I remember meeting him once before that on a different area of the department on a different day.
“I went away to do some work for about 10 minutes and when I came back Dr Yasin was still in that area. “Dr Yasin asked for a hug before hugging me. I was a bit reluctant but did agree to it.”
“I accepted the hug but didn’t hug him back. I hadn’t been hugged by a male doctor before.
“I felt reluctant to make a complaint, it’s a big thing to come forward and it may have consequences.”
Dr Yasin, from Birmingham, was reported after the two women spoke to each other about their experiences. He told the hearing that he was not sexually aroused and that the female staff were mistaken. He said: “When the complaint was made I was upset and shocked. “I don’t even find these girls attractive.
“I felt hugging was just part of the culture at work, it was not something I was used to when I was brought up.” Yasin denies sexual misconduct. The hearing continues.