A GP from Slough has been suspended for six months for harassing his co-worker with more than 200 ‘sexually motivated’ Whatsapp messages.
Dr Mazhar Khan sent 215 messages to the woman while working at Chapel Medical Centre in Slough in pursuit of a sexual relationship she did not want, the Medical Practioners Tribunal Service found.
The Tribunal, held between November 2 and 8, concluded that his misconduct was a serious breach of professional boundaries that ‘impaired’ his fitness to practise.
Messages sent to the woman included the following, the tribunal heard:
• ‘Ur stunning’
• ‘Dreamt about you last night’
• ‘I miss you, sorry I can’t be professional with you’
• ‘Trip to Europe is it asking too much at this stage’
The tribunal said the messages were not sexually explicit.
The tribunal heard the woman ‘became very anxious, experienced palpitations and considered leaving her job’.
“He became quite persistent and impulsive with the compliments both over text and in person, I would thank him for the compliments, and shut down the conversation or deviate,” she told the tribunal.
Adding: “He would acknowledge and understand he would be inappropriate as I would be embarrassed and ignore him so he would apologise for it.”
In a statement, Dr Khan said: “I am embarrassed when I look back over the messages. I see that my messages will have made [her] feel uncomfortable and I should not have put her in that position after she clarified that our relationship was professional only.”
He added: “Towards the end my messaging was intense; too intense. I again see why she was concerned.”
He admitted he “was very pushy” but maintained he did not want or foresee a sexual relationship with the woman.
The Tribunal did acknowledge that Dr Khan had demonstrated remorse throughout the process. It also acknowledged he is a ‘skilled and competent doctor’ and no concerns were raised about his clinical competence.
Dr Khan was previously suspended in 2014 after a tribunal found he was impaired to practice by reason of sexual misconduct involving the crossing of professional boundaries, the hearing was told.