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DOC'S SEX SHAME; Patient's tears as she tells of affair with GP.

A WHEELCHAIR-BOUND patient wept yesterday as she told how she was seduced and then dumped by her family doctor.

Miss M, 37, told how her sex sessions with married Dr James Auld left her feeling "like a piece of dirt".

She claimed Dr Auld began having sex with her on home visits while she was bedridden with chronic fatigue illness ME.

And she told how the GP bombarded her with gifts and letters, signing one message: "Love, Ginger".

Miss M, a single mother with a history of depression, arrived in a wheelchair to give evidence in a case against Dr Auld at the General Medical Council.

The GMC will decide if Dr Auld is guilty of serious professional misconduct over the on-off affair.

A second GP, Dr James Stewart, denies trying to persuade Miss M to keep quiet about Dr Auld.

Dr Auld has admitted abusing his position by having regular sex with Miss M at her home in Falkirk, Stirlingshire.

He also admits sending her a "wholly inappropriate" medical letter, filled with innuendo.

Dr Auld was at the GMC hearing in London, but never once looked at Miss M.

She broke down several times during her evidence.

Miss M tearfully described Dr Auld as a "cruel b******" who "manipulated and deceived" her.

She told how Dr Auld began to visit her at home in April 1997, when she was confined to bed with ME. She was also suffering from anxiety.

Miss M said the doctor called on her at least once a fortnight, and they often had sex.

He also prescribed her drugs for depression, anxiety and insomnia.

She was 32 at the time and he was 40. She said: "I was aware he was married.

"There were not always sexual relations. He would help me but there was not always time."

By March 1999, Miss M said, the relationship was going badly wrong. She explained: "I could not take any more of being controlled and used in a way that was for his purposes."

She ended the affair. But within three weeks, she called Dr Auld again. She was upset that he had not visited her despite still being her doctor.

Miss M recalled: "I said that he was a cruel b****** for mani-pulating me and being so indifferent after he had cared for me.

"He came to the house and was shaking like a leaf.

"He said he had missed me terribly, lost weight and couldn't sleep. He said he wanted to be friends, and that he had nobody else to talk to the way he talked to me."

"I didn't want him to be frightened that I would divulge the relationship. But that's what I thought was behind that visit."

Over the next 18 months, Dr Auld acted as a "doctor and friend" to Miss M.

But the GMC heard that they started having sex again in August 2000.

"We became closer," Miss M said. "I never seduced him, I was too embarrassed to do that. I was still very weak."

The committee was shown a letter from Dr Auld which read: "Thought this might act as a better anti-low-mood device, rather than all the crappy medication I dish out.

"Love, Ginger."

Dr Auld also sent Miss M cards and soft toys. Some notes included sexual innuendo, and others were signed "SWALK" - Sealed With a Loving Kiss.

Miss M said she began to "put pressure" on Dr Auld to spend more time with her.

She added: "I did not want the same situation as before, the previous time we had sexual relations.

"I did not want him just to visit every 10-14 days and I would feel like a piece of dirt. I wanted a little more from him.

"He said he would try his best to see me more often but his hands were tied.

"I felt tortured. I never knew when he would appear and when he left he was very cold and distant."

By November 2000, the affair was back in trouble.

Miss M said: "I sent him a text message saying, 'How could you do this and sleep with your wife?'."He texted back saying he didn't sleep with his wife.

"I came to realise that he had been very deceitful.

"He knew everything about me. I was supposed to be his friend.

"I wanted to finish the relationship. But I didn't want to be left without a doctor, and I didn't want to be left without him.

"There's not many doctors that are sympathetic to the condition I have."

Finally, a week later, Dr Auld sent Miss M a text message saying he wanted to end the affair.

She recalled: "He said, 'I can't go on like this. It's torturing me and torturing you."

Dr Auld offered to carry on as Miss M's GP, but she refused.

"I couldn't put myself through that again," she told the inquiry.

Later, a former boyfriend of Miss M found out about the affair and assaulted Dr Auld.

After the attack, Miss M was visited by Dr Auld's colleague, Dr Stewart.

Miss M claimed: "He was basically dissuading me from reporting the relationship to the GMC.

"He said Dr Auld would lose his career and his children would have to return to state school.

"He treated me like scum. He was protecting his colleague's profession and his children but he never once asked how I was coping.

"I was ill and a single parent. I told him I did not want any harm to come to Dr Auld."

Miss M said Dr Stewart told her that if she did not contact the GMC, Dr Auld would not press assault charges against her former boyfriend.

She said she later received a letter from Dr Stewart telling her not to attend the doctors' practice again.

Miss M has a 14-year-old daughter. She arrived in a wheelchair for yesterday's hearing because of ongoing problems with ME.

She had a history of excessive compulsive disorder from the age of 14 to 25, as well as depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Dr Auld and Dr Stewart worked together at a practice in Meeks Road, Falkirk.

Dr Auld, now 45, of Calzieveg, Dunblane, Perthshire admits the sexual relationship and the abuse of a doctor/patient relationship.

He also admits writing the inappropriate letter to Miss M, and failing to record his treatment of her during the affair.

He denies Miss M's claim that she was bedbound when the sexual relationship began.

Dr Stewart, of The Stable House, Braco, Dunblane, denies trying to influence Miss M.

The GMC's professional conduct committee will rule on the case later.
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