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Psychiatrist, Dr C - Breach of boundaries Health & Disabilty commissioner Decision 10HDC01018

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:39 PM

Decision 10HDC01018

Executive summary

Ms A, aged 24, had a history of mental illness, which included a fear of separation, difficulty connecting with people her own age, and discomfort with intimate relationships.
Psychiatrist Dr C first saw Ms A on 18 April 2008 for an initial assessment. Dr C saw Ms A on four further occasions with her counsellor or case manager. The fifth appointment was on 13 June 2008, when Dr C saw Ms A alone.
On 15 June 2008, Ms A visited Dr C at his apartment. She had dinner with him, had sexual relations and stayed the night. Thereafter, Dr C and Ms A had an ongoing sexual relationship. Ms A travelled overseas with Dr C and stayed with him for periods of time. Dr C did not seek peer support as the personal relationship developed.
The therapeutic relationship ended on 18 August 2008. Dr C discharged Ms A by way of a telephone conversation and told her that she could call him if she had side-effects from her medication after discharge.
The sexual relationship continued until mid-February 2009. After the relationship ended, Dr C paid Ms A approximately $42,200.
Dr C induced Ms A to deny to HDC that an inappropriate relationship had existed and to provide inaccurate information to HDC.

Psychiatrist, Dr C
A Report by the Health and Disability Commissioner


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Posted 14 December 2012 - 07:18 PM


Psychiatrist had long-running affair with patient
7:05 PM Friday Dec 14, 2012

A married psychiatrist who allegedly had a sexual relationship spanning countries and almost a year has been found in breach of professional and legal standards.

When the affair came to light, the doctor allegedly paid the 24-year-old $42,200 to try to keep it secret from authorities.

In a recently released report, the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) found the psychiatrist, referred to only as Dr C, entered an ongoing intimate relationship with his 24-year-old patient, Ms A, a woman who suffered from fear of separation, difficulty connecting with people her own age and a discomfort from intimate relationships.

Doctor C denied their relationship was sexual.

The pair first met in April 2008, when Dr C gave Ms A an initial assessment.

Several appointments followed, in which, the doctor told her she was "very attractive", said the report.

Two months later, Ms A went to Mr C's apartment - she said he had invited her, but he disagreed, saying she turned up unannounced.

The pair cooked a meal, and during it the doctor "got up and gave me a kiss", and he then initiated sexual contact, said Ms A.

She told him she had never slept with a man before.

The pair continued to have an intimate relationship, meeting at his apartment as his wife lived in another town, said Ms A.

Dr C countered, that "he saw no intention on her part other than seeking someone to talk to", when she came to his apartment.

On returning from an overseas trip with his wife in July, he gave Ms A a bracelet, two necklaces, sweets, lingerie and a watch, said the finding.

On August 18, 2008, Dr C discharged her as a patient by phone.

His contract with the DHB was due to end two months later, and Dr C successfully applied for a job overseas.

Dr C told Ms A she could continue her nursing studies at a university in the same place as his new job - his wife would be with him but he would 'help Ms A get settled and would be in the background to support her whenever she needed help', said the report.

Ms A followed his suggestion, enrolling at the university, and for several days stayed in the couple's spare room.

"Being a mother to a university student studying away from home ... I felt compassion and understood that it might be difficult for her to be alone in a new place," the doctor's wife told the HDC.

The couple also bought Ms A groceries and other items.

But in February 2009, the affair was uncovered when Ms A confessed to Dr C's wife.

Dr C said Ms A had formed a "deep emotional attachment" to him, which he said was inappropriate, so he and his wife then offered to pay her ticket home and gave her $900 to "tide her over".

When Dr C failed to pay her more money as requested, Ms A made a complaint about their relationship to the HDC.

Dr C deposited $5000 into her account, but she asked for more to "study, buy a car, pay rent and other expenses", and in total he gave her $42,200.

The agreement was made on the promise she could change her statement to the HDC to "anything she desired", said the report.

Dr C accepted he had "inadvertently allowed [Ms A] to become dependent on him", but denied the pair ever had a sexual relationship: "This is simply not so and as I have previously made clear, such a finding or opinion is incorrect", said the report.

The HDC found Dr C had a sexual relationship with Ms A, which breached legal and professional standards.

It recommended he apologise to Ms A, and if he returned to practise in New Zealand, that he undertake a competency review and mentoring.

Further HDC proceedings may follow.


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Posted 06 June 2013 - 07:48 PM

Was the $42,000 offered by him for her silence
demarnded by her for her silence?

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