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‘GP had sex with patient and then prescribed pill’
10:26am Tuesday 1st April 2014 in News
A GP had sex with a patient in his consultation room, then prescribed her the morning-after pill, a tribunal heard yesterday.
It is alleged Dr Peter Rubin sent her intimate texts and pictures, exchanged Christmas presents, then invited her to the Woodlands Medical Centre, in Woodlands Road, Didcot, for ‘non-clinical reasons’.
The tribunal in Manchester heard the pair had sex in the surgery on Christmas Eve 2007 before Dr Rubin is alleged to have told her: ‘You had better take this or it will be just my luck you will be standing in an antenatal clinic.’ The suspended GP is said to have continued sending the woman, referred to as Patient A, personal messages for the next five years but she didn’t make a complaint until he is alleged to have forcibly tried to remove her trousers during a consultation in July 2012.
Dr Rubin denies he acted inappropriately during the consultation. He then begged her to withdraw the complaint for the ‘sake of his child’, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.
Dr Rubin is accused of misconduct at the fitness to practise hearing where he has admitted the relationship, but disputes some of the patient’s claims.
He has also confessed to asking a 21-year-old university student, referred to as Patient B, to kiss him on the cheek after prescribing her the contraceptive pill.
The General Medical Council allege his actions were sexually motivated, but Dr Rubin claims it was just his ‘sense of humour’.
The GP, who was suspended in November 2012, could face being struck off the medical register.
The panel heard Dr Rubin gave Patient A his personal number when he bumped into her at Tesco in 2007 after he had treated her following an accident.
Craig Sephton QC, opening the case for the GMC, said: “On August 30, 2007, a parcel arrived unexpectedly at her home address and when she opened it, it was found to contain a Prada mobile phone, sim card and an unsigned birthday card.
“Unfortunately Patient A suffered a road traffic accident that very day and went to the GP surgery the next day where she saw Dr Rubin.
“Dr Rubin gave her a hug and in the course of the consultation he said ‘why is it that none of my patients wear nice underwear?’”
The pair exchanged numbers and the doctor began to send ‘texts and photographs of an intimate nature,’ the hearing was told.
It is alleged he later tried to conceal his motive for prescribing her the pill when he added a false entry to her records saying it had been ‘added by mistake’.
Mr Sephton said Patient A was uncomfortable about the relationship from the start and put a stop to it but Dr Rubin continued to send her texts. He said the woman eventually confided in one of the doctor’s partners about what had happened and an investigation was started.
The hearing is expected to last for seven days.