A BURY St Edmunds GP has been suspended for six monthsafter he admitted a two-year affair with a patient.
Married GP Dr Malcolm Kelvin, 58, conducted the secret affair after hours at the Mount Farm Surgery where the 50-year-old woman, referred to only as Patient A, was also a member of staff.
Dr Kelvin apologised for the affair as he faced a General Medical Council disciplinary hearing in Manchester this week.
“I am appalled by my behaviour at the time,” said Dr Kelvin.
“I have asked myself thousands of times how I managed to get myself in the position and how a well-respected GP, with a good character finds his career collapsing around himself over such a fundamental breach of the sort of trust and honour that goes with my position.”
The affair was uncovered when Dr Kelvin’s wife found flirtatious texts between him and Patient A in January 2011.
Dr Kelvin quit the practice when he was called to a meeting by his fellow partners.
The GP joined the practice in 1984 and met his mistress at work.
They began texting each other in 2008 and she attended six appointments with him after suffering a shoulder complaint.
Each appointment should have lasted no longer than 10 minutes but two over-ran – one by 57 minutes and the other by 18.
Dr Kelvin told the hearing: “I think I was feeling slightly ignored at home. I cannot tell you how the first text happened, it just sort of developed.”
He claimed the sexual relationship did not develop until March 2010 when he was working extended hours.
He said: “Our working life presented us with the opportunity to have a sexual relationship once the surgery was closed for business and the secretaries had gone home for the day.”
Speaking about the sexual encounters, Dr Kelvin said: “They were after extended hours, when the building was empty – around 8.30 or 8.45pm, something like that.
“The affair developed between Patient A and myself because we worked together – had Patient A not worked in the surgery, the affair would have never developed.”
A letter from Patient A was read at the hearing.
In it, she said: “I was very aware what we were doing was wrong. I have deeply hurt my family and let down my work colleagues.”
The hearing finished yesterday when the panel announced its determination.
Itt said it was impressed by the character witnesses who spoke in Dr Kelvin’s favour but it added: “In all the circumstances of this case, even allowing for the period of your interim suspension, the Panel has determined that it is necessary to send a signal to you, to the medical profession and to the public that such misconduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
“The Panel has therefore determined to suspend your registration for a period of six months.”
The suspension will start in 28 days.