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Belfast trainee GP admits having sex with patient

By Staff Reporter

A trainee doctor had sex with a patient after taking her out for a meal at a burger bar, a tribunal heard.

Dr Stephen Andrew Magowan locked the door to the consultation room at Finaghy Health Centre in south Belfast and the woman performed a sex act on him, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.

He had met the woman, known as Patient A, when she consulted him suffering from "low mood" on April 2, 2010.

The doctor obtained her mobile phone number from her medical records and then began bombarding her with text and Facebook messages, the hearing was told.

Dr Magowan then invited the woman to his home, took her out in his car and bought her a meal at a gourmet burger restaurant.

He twice had sex with her in his home, between April and September 2010, and told her he did not need to use a condom.

The medic also invited her to the surgery where his patient performed a sex act on him.

Dr Magowan yesterday admitted a string of allegations relating to his relationship with Patient A, at a Fitness to Practise hearing in Manchester.

He confessed that his actions were "sexually motivated" and that he should have known she was vulnerable because of her health condition.

The GP also accepts that he, at least once, visited her at home to provide her with a prescription without recording it in her medical notes.

The General Medical Council alleges that his actions amounted to misconduct and consequently his fitness to continue in practice is impaired.

If the tribunal agrees Dr Magowan could face being suspended or even struck off the medical register.

He is currently subject to a string of conditions, which keep him closely monitored by the GMC.

Dr Magowan is also restricted to working in GP posts within the NHS or in private practice at pharmaceutical research company Biokinetic Europe.

The hearing, which is due to last seven days, continues.

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