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