Sex in surgery GP suspended

Dr Maged Khalil began the sexual relationship with a patient he was treating for anxiety and insomnia just four months after starting work at the Belconnen Medical Centre in the ACT, the Civil and Administrative Tribunal heard.

For two months the patient paid the medical centre for consultations with Dr Khalil and was provided with receipts she could claim back from Medicare.

Since the relationship ended in October 2012, both Dr Khalil and the patient sought treatment for a depressive illness.

The MBA reprimanded Dr Khalil for professional misconduct and suspended his registration until 17 February, next year, on the conditions that, for six months, he received level 2 supervision, worked with an MBA mentor and continued to see a psychologist.

Tribunal member Professor Thomas Faunce told the hearing: “I have emphasised that the public funds made available to medical practitioners in Australia through schemes such as Medicare should