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GP struck off over affair with vulnerable patient

16 July 2008

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A 53-year-old doctor has been struck off the medical register over a four-year affair with a vulnerable patient.

Married father-of-six Dr Keith Fraser 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, West Yorkshire, after her exboyfriend broke her nose.

Dr Fraser, of Menston, near Bradford, 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 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,” it stated.

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