Suffolk GP struck off for affairs with patients

A married GP from Suffolk who had affairs with two female patients has been struck off the medical register after being found guilty of misconduct.

A General Medical Council (GMC) panel found Dr Graeme Elvin's improper sexual conduct and dishonesty meant his fitness to practise was impaired.

Dr Elvin admitted conducting an inappropriate relationship with a patient.

The panel found his actions a "gross abuse of his position of trust".

'Significant risk'

Dr Elvin, who was practising at Hardwicke House Surgery, in Sudbury, Suffolk, eventually left his wife for a patient referred to as Mrs C.

The panel concluded there was a "significant risk" he would repeat his behaviour, which was "fundamentally incompatible with being a doctor".

The GP was suspended with immediate effect, but will have 28 days within which to contest the sanction imposed.

Explaining its decision, the panel said: "Dr Elvin's misconduct was of the most serious kind involving sexual misconduct with a patient over a prolonged period compounded by repeated dishonesty.

"He lacks insight and the panel considers that patients remain at risk from repeated behaviour."

'Kissed on lips'

The panel in London heard from Patient A, a married woman, who said she had gone to see Dr Elvin about persistent neck pain but there was "a spark of physical attraction" between them.

She said on 28 July 2006 things went a step further, leading to a relationship developing.

She said: "He got up from his desk and came and kissed me on the lips and stroked my tummy whilst I was sitting on the chair."

It led to a series of clandestine meetings, with Dr Elvin repeatedly promising to leave his wife.

He eventually ended the affair in April 2008.

Meanwhile, behind the back of Patient A, he had already been seeing Mrs C.

At the same time, Dr Elvin was treating Patient A's husband, named by the panel only as Patient B, for an arthritic hip.

Mrs C eventually told the unwitting husband about his wife's affair, prompting him to confront Dr Elvin in the surgery car park and assault him in June 2009.

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