GP’s friendship with infatuated patient ends in tribunal

Melbourne-based Dr John Barry Myers, who allegedly responded to the patient’s advances by calling her pet names like “Fruitcake”, transgressed professional boundaries by engaging in an inappropriate relationship and failing to end the clinical relationship, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal said.

In a decision this month, 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 said.

As well as sending him over 300 pages of poems and letters, she sent him two framed declarations of trust, value and friendship; an engraved plaque in appreciation for the “goodness and kindness you