General practitioner: Sexual relationship with patients leading to 3 year preclusion

HCCC v McKay [2013] NSWMT 20 saw the Medical Tribunal (NSW) consider allegations of  inappropriate personal relationships with two patients on the part of a general practitioner.

The practitioner conceded that the relationships continued over some 5 years and had recently chosen not to renew his medical registration. The Tribunal noted at [59] that the doctor had  demonstrated over a significant span of time that he has lacked relevant insight into the requirement that as a medical practitioner, he must observe proper personal and sexual boundaries between himself and his patients.  That seems to have been the case despite a previous complaint of a similar nature: [61].

The Tribunal made orders such that the doctor was subject to a 3-year preclusion from any application for registration as a medical practitioner.