Chancellor George Osborne’s psychiatrist brother has been struck off from the medical profession after admitting a sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.
Adam Osborne, who is five years younger than his brother, threatened the mother-of-two when she reported him to the General Medical Council.
He told her “I will make sure you pay” after he ended the affair by email.
Dr Osborne did not attend the four-day disciplinary hearing in Manchester, which heard how the woman, known as Patient A, took an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs in an attempt to take her own life two days after he broke off the relationship.
Dr Osborne, who has been helping Syrian refugees in Calais, qualified as a doctor in 2004.
He admitted all the allegations he faced.
The hearing was told he had been treating Patient A at a private practice in central London for depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue between February 2011 and late 2014.
Following the split in February last year, the woman told him: “I’m very much balancing on the edge and it’s so easy for me to tip over just now.”
Despite knowing of her fragile state and suicide attempt, he bombarded her with threatening emails over a 10-day period begging her to retract her complaint.
He pleaded: “You still have the power to tell the GMC that you made this up because you were angry at me for discontinuing therapy or that you were confused, paranoid, deluded – whatever excuse you can think of.”
He also told her: “If I get into trouble for this then I will never forgive you for this and I will make sure you pay.”
Another email read: “Please don’t do this to me, it will destroy me and my family in public.”
The tribunal was told that Dr Osborne’s wife had knowledge of the woman.
His counsel Julian Woodbridge said: “Dr Osborne accepts that he did engage in an inappropriate relationship with the patient, Patient A, and he apologises for his conduct in this respect.
“Dr Osborne also accepts that after he tried to end the relationship he did subsequently send a number of inappropriate emails in a moment of panic. Again he apologises and much regrets any further distress.”
MPTS panel chairman Dr Nigel Callaghan said that Dr Osborne’s actions were not “easily remediable” and that the affair was “profoundly unacceptable”.
In a statement, Dr Osborne said: “It was never my intention to hurt anyone although I can now clearly see that my irresponsible behaviour has led to a great deal of distress to the people that I care about, in particular my family and the patient in question.
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“I realise that there is never any justification for breaking the boundaries of established good medical practice in regards to the doctor patient relationship, and it is never in the best interests of the patient to do so.
“I have found medicine to be a very rewarding and fulfilling career and I am very saddened that this career is now inevitably over.”
He added that he had not contested the allegations and fully accepted the findings of the Fitness to Practise Panel.
Culled from Evening Standard
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