An Auckland doctor denies allegations he formed an
inappropriate sexual relationship with a long-time female
The doctor, who has interim name suppression, is facing a
charge of professional misconduct over his alleged behaviour
between February and December 2010.
A Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal hearing in
Auckland today heard the man, referred to as doctor H,
allegedly sent hundreds of text messages to the patient and
called her phones, sometimes requesting sexual acts from her.
Text messages between the pair spoke of occasions when they
met or planned to meet for sex, lawyer for the director of
proceedings Aaron Martin said.
On other occasions the doctor is said to have discussed
sexual acts and engaged in oral sex with the patient.
The woman, whose name is also suppressed, had been a patient
of doctor H's for about 12 years and did not support the
Mr Martin said doctor H was likely to claim he was instead
involved in a sexual relationship with a different woman and
it is she who is referred to in his communications with the
Although it was possible he was in a sexual relationship with
another woman, the person mentioned in text messages was
doctor H's patient, Mr Martin said.
The misconduct charge alleges doctor H failed to maintain
appropriate sexual boundaries and that he breached sexual
boundaries in the doctor/patient relationship.
The prosecution will call four witnesses during the hearing,
which is expected to last three days.
- Jimmy Ellingham of APNZ