July 15, 2008

Doctor Who Had Affair With Patient is Struck Off

A married doctor from Yorkshire who had a four-year affair with a vulnerable patient was today struck off from the medical register.

Father-of-six Dr Keith Fraser, 53, took advantage of a woman who he was treating for anxiety and depression, a General Medical Council Fitness to Practise panel ruled.

Dr Fraser called the woman up to 20 times a day asking for sex and sent text messages such as "Would you come and bonk me?", the hearing was told.

Giving evidence at the hearing in Manchester, the woman, known as Patient A, said they eventually had sex because she felt sorry for him when he said he had not had intercourse with his wife for six years.

She visited Dr Fraser at the Highfield Medical Centre in Bradford after her ex-boyfriend broke her nose.

Dr Fraser, of Menston, near Ilkley, began the relationship by hugging and kissing Patient A in the surgery before he later booked a hotel room for them in York.

The panel concluded Dr Fraser was "well aware" of the patient's vulnerability as he referred her for an assessment with a consultant psychiatrist during their relationship.

"The panel is concerned that although your misconduct relates to one patient it continued for approximately four years," it stated.

"The panel considers you had ample opportunity to consider your actions and it was your responsibility to terminate the relationship. Instead you took advantage of your position as Patient A's doctor."

Various testimonials had been received which described him as a "good clinician who was well liked by colleagues and patients".

Dr Fraser had also apologised for his actions and demonstrated genuine remorse but the panel said the mitigating factors "cannot adequately counter balance the gravity of your behaviour".

The panel concluded: "The panel has determined that your conduct is fundamentally incompatible with your continuing to be a registered medical practitioner and it is therefore both proportionate and necessary in the public interest to direct that your name be erased from the medical register."

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