The psychiatrist brother of Chancellor George Osborne, Dr Adam Osborne, has admitted to having sex with a vulnerable patient that was under his care. He appeared before the General Medical Council (GMC) on 8 February.
Mr. Osborne, who is currently suspended by the GMC admitted to a disciplinary panel that he had engaged in an “inappropriate” physical and emotional relationship, despite being the woman’s private psychiatrist.
The woman, named as Patient A, had been under the care of Dr Osborne for three years from early 2011 and possessed a history of ill mental health. He admitted to sending unbecoming emails to Patient A between February 2014 and February 2015, in which he asked her to withdraw the complaint she made to the GMC.
He also confessed to planning to make threats towards her and her family if she did not withdraw the complaint, before accusing her of seducing him. The hearing is due to last ten days.
This is not the first time that Dr Osborne has found himself in trouble with the GMC since qualifying in 2004. In 2010, he was suspended for six months after writing false prescriptions for his girlfriend, a family member and an escort whilst working as a psychiatry trainee at a hospital in Manchester.
The GMC found that he had “behaved dishonestly” after trying to acquire anti-psychotic medication for a cocaine addict, who he had been seeing whilst his partner was away.
He was also disciplined for prescribing contraceptive pills to his then girlfriend and now wife Rahala Noor, and for prescribing an anti-smoking drug to an unnamed family member. The tribunal ruled that his demeanour, which relates to incidents from June 2006 to May 2008, impaired his fitness to practice.
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