GP embroiled in ‘infatuation’ case deregistered

But Melbourne-based Dr John Barry Myers escaped the longer penalty of a two year cancellation, as requested by the Medical Board of Australia, with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal recommending he undertake counselling.

“[Counselling] might enhance his future suitability to treat vulnerable patients, to understand the boundaries in the doctor/patient relationship, and to appreciate his professional responsibilities,” the tribunal said.

Dr Myers had been treating the patient’s mother, with whom the patient and her children lived, in 1998 when the patient was referred to Dr Myers with a range of issues including osteoporosis, social problems and depression.

In 1999 the patient became “infatuated with Dr Myers, expressing intense feelings of love and affection in writing to him”, the tribunal previously said.