Chancellor George Osborne’s psychiatrist brother faces being struck off from the medical profession after he had a two-year affair with his “vulnerable” patient.
A disciplinary tribunal has found that the behaviour of married Dr Adam Osborne was “profoundly unacceptable” and ruled that his fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct.
Dr Osborne, a graduate of St Andrews University, could be struck off by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
The hearing, which began on Monday, heard that when the doctor ended the relationship in February last year, the woman – who was referred to as Patient A – tried to take her own life just two days later.
She had been under Dr Osborne’s care at a private practice in London between February 2011 and late 2014.
When Patient A made a complaint to the General Medical Council (GMC) Dr Osborne begged her to retract it, telling her in threatening emails over a ten-day period that it would “destroy” his family in public.
In one email, read to the tribunal, he wrote: “Please don’t do this to me it will destroy me and my family in public.”
Another read: “You still have the power to tell the GMC that you made this up because you were angry at me for discontinuing therapy or that you were confused, paranoid, deluded – whatever excuse you can think of.”
He also admitted making threats towards Patient A and her family, stating: “If I get into trouble for this then I will never forgive you for this and I will make sure you pay.”
It is believed that Dr Osborne’s wife also had knowledge of Patient A.
Dr Osborne, who voluntarily absented himself from the Manchester hearing, admitted embarking on the two-year “inappropriate” emotional and sexual relationship whilst the woman, who had mental ill health, was a patient.
The tribunal will now decide on what sanction, if any, to impose.
It heard that hours after Patient A disclosed the relationship to treating psychiatrist Dr Neil Boast, she was to take an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs.
Dr Osborne admitted that he knew, or ought reasonably to have known, that the woman was a vulnerable patient because of her history.
The chairman of the tribunal, Dr Nigel Callaghan, said: “The tribunal regards Dr Osborne’s behaviour as profoundly unacceptable and undermines the public’s confidence in the medical profession.”