A gynaecologist was suspended for 12 months for having had a sexual relationship with a patient even though the panel accepted psychiatric evidence stating that he was unlikely to re-offend. His appeal failed. Where there is a breach of such a fundamental rule of the doctor/patient relationship, impairment could be found so as to promote public confi dence and uphold required professional standards. Less weight would be afforded to the practitioner’s efforts to prevent re-occurrence than where a clinical error had occurred.

Cheng Toh Yeong v General Medical Council