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A married doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct and has been suspended for three months for having an intimate relationship with a patient (stock image)

Married doctor who started to romanticize with a female patient is suspended, even though he claims that the relationship was not sexual

  • The Melbourne doctor was suspended for three months because of the relationship with a woman
  • Dr. Shaun Rathnayake saw the woman in a medical center during consultations
  • During a visit he gave her his personal number and the couple talked on the phone
  • Dr. Rathnayake agreed couple was close, but denied that they had a sexual relationship
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A married doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct and suspended for three months due to an intimate relationship with a female patient.

The unnamed woman consulted the Melbourne physician Shaun Rathnayake at the medical center where he practiced seven times between August and October, according to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

During a consultation Dr. Rathnayake her his personal phone number and over the coming weeks they chatted about things that had nothing to do with her clinical care, shared details of their personal lives and went on coffee and dinner dates.

A married doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct and has been suspended for three months for having an intimate relationship with a patient (stock image)

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A married doctor has been found guilty of professional misconduct and has been suspended for three months for having an intimate relationship with a patient (stock image)

The relationship included emotional and physical intimacy, such as hugging, dancing, and kissing, and on one occasion the doctor booked a hotel room and stayed overnight with the woman.

The woman refused to make a statement about the allegations. Although Dr. Rathnayake agreed that they were close, he denied that their relationship was sexual.

In his statements, he said he ideally told her that they shouldn't talk often because she had been his patient. When she agreed not to consult him anymore, they set off together.

The relationship ended around November 2015.

VCAT members Wendy Boddison, Roderick McRae and Patricia Molloy accepted that there was no sexual relationship between them.

However, they took into account the escalating behavioral pattern and found that the line to be maintained between a doctor and the patient was considerably exceeded.

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& # 39; Dr. Rathnayake had a close relationship with Mrs. X to spend a night with her in a hotel and breakfast at 2:00 PM & # 39; to share with her in the morning, & the Tribunal noted.

& # 39; We consider this a serious violation of the standard expected of a physician. & # 39;

Although Dr. Rathnayake showed some insight into his behavior, he did not appreciate the wider effect of his behavior on women and his profession in general, the members said.

The doctor's registration has been suspended for three months since 1 August.

& # 39; It sends a clear message to Dr. Rathnayake that his behavior was unacceptable and also serves as a deterrent to other doctors, & # 39; the members said.

VCAT members Wendy Boddison, Roderick McRae and Patricia Molloy accepted that there was no sexual relationship between them (stock image)
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VCAT members Wendy Boddison, Roderick McRae and Patricia Molloy accepted that there was no sexual relationship between them (stock image)

VCAT members Wendy Boddison, Roderick McRae and Patricia Molloy accepted that there was no sexual relationship between them (stock image)

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