DOC’S SIX-YEAR OB­SES­SION WITH WOMAN PA­TIENT ‘HE USED FOR SEX’

Midweek Sport - - GADGET BOY - By SAM CHAD­DER­TON

A MAR­RIED fam­ily doc­tor had a stormy six-year on-off af­fair with a pa­tient af­ter he be­gan pur­su­ing her fol­low­ing the death of her mother, a med­i­cal tri­bunal heard.

Dr Ter­ence Bur­ley, 63, be­came so in­fat­u­ated with the woman, he left his wife and turned up un­ex­pect­edly at a restau­rant to ask her if he could move in with her, it is claimed.

Dur­ing the af­fair be­tween 2003 and 2009 the GP, a fa­ther of two, had sex with his mistress whilst he was help­ing care for her es­tranged hus­band who was ter­mi­nally ill with stom­ach can­cer, it was said.

The woman – known as Pa­tient A – be­gan to feel he was just ‘’us­ing her’’ sex­u­ally.

The af­fair even­tu­ally broke up ac­ri­mo­niously af­ter brawls be­tween the GP and his mistress’s young son and be­tween the woman and Bur­ley’s wife Jane.

A hear­ing of The Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers Tri­bunal Ser­vice (MPTS) in Manch­ester was yes­ter­day told the af­fair be­gan af­ter Dr Bur­ley had been the woman’s fam­ily’s GP for 25 years at the Min­ster Med­i­cal Prac­tice in Peter­bor­ough, Cambs,

Pa­tient A told the tri­bunal she went to his surgery soon af­ter her mother’s fu­neral in Au­gust 2003, but when she ar­rived she was sur­prised to find an empty car park and a surgery with the lights turned off.

She claimed Dr Bur­ley met her at the door and led her through to the con­sul­ta­tion room.

“He said he had cared for me for many years. In fact he said he had been in love with me for over 25 years,” she said.

“I stood up and Dr Bur­ley stood up as well. He ob­vi­ously put his arms around me and cud­dled me. To be hon­est, at first I thought that was a kind­ness from a GP who looked af­ter my fam­ily for many years.

“He started to kiss round my neck and his hands were go­ing on to my but­tocks. I felt very un­com­fort­able.”

Dr Bur­ley then tried to undo the belt on his trousers be­fore she made ex­cuses to leave the surgery, say­ing she had to pick up her son from a football match.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, she claims Dr Bur­ley her breasts and of­fered to per­form a sex act on her, it is al­leged.

Pa­tient A said: “I did not say yes but I didn’t refuse be­cause I was ac­tu­ally fright­ened as I knew his con­duct as a GP and I didn’t know what his per­sonal life was like and how he would re­act. I didn’t know what would hap­pen to me if I re­fused.”

At fur­ther meet­ings, Dr Bur­ley pres­sured her into touch­ing him in­ti­mately, she said, adding: “And with no emo­tion and no feel­ing, that hap­pened be­cause I just wanted to get in and out of the surgery.” was claimed, with him even want­ing to move into the house.

The ro­mance cooled for two years but was was rekin­dled in 2007, when Dr Bur­ley told Pa­tient A he had left his wife for her and that he hoped she still wanted him. He moved in with her in De­cem­ber 2007.

The tri­bunal panel is also hear­ing al­le­ga­tions that Dr Bur­ley ac­cessed the med­i­cal records of the woman’s son, known as Pa­tient B, with­out per­mis­sion, and is ac­cused of mak­ing a false state­ment to sup­port a com­pen­sa­tion claim made my Pa­tient A af­ter she tripped over a paving stone and broke her arm.

He also faces al­le­ga­tions that he failed to prop­erly di­ag­nose, pre­scribe for and treat eight other pa­tients dur­ing a 10-year pe­riod be­tween 1999 and 2009, which he de­nies.

Bur­ley ad­mits an af­fair but de­nies pur­su­ing the woman, say­ing the re­la­tion­ship de­vel­oped “by mu­tual agree­ment” and that they had sex “in­ter­mit­tently” un­til 2005, when Pa­tient A’s hus­band was di­ag­nosed with stom­ach can­cer.

The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

AF­FAIR: Dr Bur­ley

de­nies pur­su­ing Pa­tient A

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