Doctor had affairs with patients in Suffolk, GMC hears

The behaviour of a doctor who lied to his colleagues about his affairs with two patients was "misleading" and "dishonest", a panel has ruled.

When one affair was revealed, Dr Graeme Elvin, of Hardwicke House Surgery in Sudbury, was punched by his lover's husband, the panel heard.

The General Medical Council (GMC) is judging if Dr Elvin is fit to practice.

Outlining their findings, the panel said he "sought to deny the fact" of his relationship with a patient.

Woman 'devastated'

The married doctor began his first affair with a woman referred to as Patient A in 2006 and after a series of clandestine meetings he promised to leave his wife.

He eventually ended the affair in April 2008 but he was already seeing a woman referred to as Mrs C.

Patient A was left "devastated" and she started suffering from depression, the panel heard.

She continued to bump into the doctor who was treating her husband, Patient B, for an arthritic hip.

But problems came to a head when Mrs C made an unexpected visit to Patient A as part of a campaign against her love rival.

"From that time on Patient A was repeatedly hounded by Mrs C, she was bombarded with aggressive telephone calls and texts," Rebecca Harris, for the GMC, told the panel.

Harassment claim

The campaign culminated with Mrs C telling Patient B about his wife's affair with their GP.

Patient B confronted Dr Elvin, who now lives in Holland, in the surgery car park and assaulted him in June 2009.

Patient B was later cautioned by the police.

Attempting to cover up the affair, Dr Elvin told colleagues Patient A had been "harassing him and his partner".

The GMC said: "The panel is satisfied that right thinking people would consider Dr Elvin's conduct to have been dishonest and that he must have realised that this is the way it would be considered."

Dr Elvin, who eventually left his wife for Mrs C, admitted conducting an inappropriate relationship with Patient A and lying about it to colleagues.

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