Psychiatrist Graham Craig struck off after sex with patient
June 21, 2010
Dr Graham Craig was 61 when he had the affair with the 23-year-old woman – known as Patient A – who had been admitted to his clinic for severe depression.
It is not the first time Dr Craig, now 72 – whose area of practice is Newcastle – had an “inappropriate relationship” with a patient. He was found guilty of unprofessional conduct for an affair with a woman 10 years ago.
Now after a week-long hearing, a General Medical Council panel has erased his name from the medical register and suspended his registration.
A statement issued by the GMC said: “The Panel is of the view that Dr Craig continues to pose a risk to patient safety.”
The affair first started in 1999 when Dr Craig was working in Adelaide, Australia, when Patient A went to his clinic.
It ended two years later when he moved to the UK after being suspended over the relationship with the second patient.
It wasn’t until 2006 that the woman reported Dr Craig, who is understood to have been a locum for the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health Trust until five years ago.
The Manchester hearing heard how Dr Craig kissed Patient A, brushed her hair and massaged her shoulders during an appointment before embarking on an affair, with the pair often having sex in the counselling room twice a week.
IF YOUR PSYCHOLOGIST, PSYCHIATRIST OR OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER HAS ENGAGED IN ANY THREATENING, VIOLENT OR SEXUAL BEHAVIOR WITH YOU, REPORT IT TO THE POLICE AND TO CITIZENS COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, WHO CAN ASSIST YOU IN FILING REPORTS, COMPLAINTS, ETC. PLEASE CONTACT STEVE WAGNER, DIRECTOR OF LITIGATION ATswagner@cchr.org
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