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Disciplinary panel to hear details about George Osborne's psychiatrist brother

Published 09/02/2016

Dr Adam Osborne, brother of Chancellor George Osborne
Dr Adam Osborne, brother of Chancellor George Osborne

Further details are expected to be heard today about t he private life of Chancellor George Osborne's psychiatrist brother, who is up before a disciplinary panel after admitting having sex with a vulnerable patient who had been under his care.

Dr Adam Osborne, who is currently suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC), admitted that he had engaged in an "inappropriate" emotional and sexual relationship with the woman, despite being her private psychiatrist .

The woman, referred to as Patient A, had been under Dr Osborne's care between February 2011 and late 2014 and had a history of mental ill health.

Dr Osborne, who qualified as a doctor in 2004, did not attend the latest Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing sitting in Manchester on Monday.

Instead, the tribunal will make a decision on the allegation that his fitness to practise is impaired by reason of misconduct in his absence when it is formally opened today.

Dr Osborne admits that he knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the woman was a vulnerable patient because of her history of mental ill health.

He further admits that between February 14 2015 and February 24 2015 he sent inappropriate emails to Patient A which referred to requests that she withdraw her complaint to the GMC against him, made threats towards her and the consequences for her family if she did not withdraw her complaint, and an accusation that she had seduced him.

It is not the first time the younger brother of the Chancellor has been in the spotlight for medical failings.

In 2010 he was suspended from practising medicine for six months after writing fraudulent prescriptions for a girlfriend, a family member and an escort girl whilst a psychiatry trainee at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester.

The GMC found that Dr Osborne, who is five years the junior of his Chancellor brother, had "behaved dishonestly" after attempting to obtain anti-psychotic medication for a cocaine-addicted woman he had been seeing while his partner was away.

As a result, the tribunal said the misconduct, which related to incidents between June 2006 and May 2008, impaired his fitness to practise.

The latest hearing is due to last 10 days.

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