Family doctor admitted having sex with one of her patients.
Byline: ANTONIA BANNISTER News Reporter email@example.com
A FAMILY doctor has admitted having sex with one of her vulnerable patients.
Dr Jean Paton Ker referred herself to the General Medical Council after her former husband threatened to expose the one-night-stand.
The 41-year-old south Warwickshire GP admitted having sex with a 40-year-old patient who had mental health problems after the breakdown of his seven-year relationship.
A decision was made that Dr Paton Ker's registration would be suspended for one month following a 28 day appeal period.
A document prepared by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service revealed that the part-time GP began treating the man, known as Patient A, in November 2013.
After he "expressed concern about potentially feeling worse over Christmas" the tribunal in Manchester heard how she gave him her mobile number to use in case of emergencies over the festive period, although he did not use it.
But the tribunal heard that in January 2014, Dr Paton Ker had received texts from the patient inviting her for a drink.
During evidence, Dr Paton Ker revealed that she was attracted to the patient but could not meet with him socially because of their professional relationship. However following more texts, the part-time GP met with and slept with the patient on one occasion in February 2014. Dr Paton Ker asked her educational advisor to take over the care of Patient A in March 2014, but because the advisor was unaware of the real reasons for the request, the advisor said they should share his care.
She went on the meet with Patient A at his home one more time where she told him that she could no longer see him socially and would no longer be in charge of his care.
However she was scheduled to see him on two more occasions before he moved to a different surgery.
On July 29, 2014, Dr Paton Ker finally disclosed her actions to her educational supervisor after her exhusband repeated threats to refer her.
Summing up the GP's referral email to the General Medical Council on August 1, 2014, the tribunal said: "In your email you provided the context for your actions.
"You explained that although your interaction with Patient A was 'consensual and instigated by him', you immediately knew that it had been 'exceptionally wrong.'" In mitigating Dr Paton Ker's actions, her counsel said she had not once tried to trivialise her actions, had "found the courage" to refer herself and had taken steps to ensure that the same would not happen again.
During the three-day hearing, the tribunal found that Dr Paton Ker's fitness to practise had been impaired by her misconduct.
They were concerned that Patient A had been asked to change practice, which could be detrimental to his care, and the timing of her self-referral.
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|Publication:||Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)|
|Date:||Oct 10, 2016|
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