Relationship with doctor ‘damaging’

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I am writing in response to the Gazette’s somewhat prurient article of September 14 (‘Patient’s 13 year affair with her psychiatrist’).

Not only did the journalist fail to contact me for a comment about this article, I also feel the newspaper misrepresented the particular nature of the abusive and damaging relationship when a doctor predates on a vulnerable patient and, by doing so, entirely missed the point of the case.

It was the General Medical Council that made the decision to strike Steven Lomax off the medical register of doctors.

It did so following a long and intensive investigation into the allegations made against him at an exceptional hearing because the prima facie evidence of abuse, which had been reported by a medical member of Sussex Partnership Trust, not myself, was so egregious.

The GMC found Steven Lomax guilty on three very serious charges: that he had an inappropriate emotional and sexual relationship with a patient; that he had apparently destroyed her medical records; and that he had brought the medical profession into disrepute.

In doing so, the GMC recognised that he had ‘blatantly transgressed’ all medical codes of practice and had caused ‘irreparable damage’ to me and my family.

Let us remember that I was the victim of this doctor’s abuse during what was supposed to be a psycho-therapeutic relationship, a fact resoundingly recognised by the GMC.

I waived my right to anonymity in this case to highlight the very serious consequences of doctors who break the professional boundaries with a patient, and in the hope that my case will encourage other victims of such abuse to report such transgressions to the GMC.

There is a large body of academic research testifying to the unique severity of the damage done by breaking these professional boundaries, as the GMC recognised.

More information about these issues, and any necessary help and support, can be found at www.professionalboundaries.org.uk/Home.aspx

Michele Mauger

Grange Road