A woman stormed out of a medical hearing in scenes reminiscent of daytime show Jeremy Kyle after challenging her GP to a lie detector test to prove he had an inappropriate relationship with him.
Dr Mustak Kapadia, 44, of Fulwood, Preston, is facing a fitness to practice hearing in Manchester and could be struck off the medical register. The locum doctor is accused of giving a female patient his personal mobile phone number and behaving to her in a sexually motivated manner.
The GP, who is now suspended, was working at Strawberry Gardens Medical Practice in Morecambe when he allegedly pursued her. The patient, who was around 40 at the time of the events gave evidence by video link and told the panel she was “in a very dark place” when Dr Kapadia visted her home in December 2011.
The woman, who admitted performing a sex act on the doctor, says she had deep regrets about what happened saying: “I admit I did what I did because I just felt I was under pressure, in a vulnerable state and he kept asking about sex. I regret everything now, I really do.”
When accused of lying under cross-examination, the woman broke down in tears and said she was willing to go on the Jeremy Kyle Show to prove she was telling the truth.
She said: ‘I’m on about taking him to the Jeremy Kyle Show because I’m not having anyone manipulating me like this. We’ll do a lie detector test won’t we? We’ll see if he is telling the truth.”
The panel heard that Dr Kapadia had been working as a locum GP since November 2010 and first consulted with the woman as a patient in August 2011.
She was being treated for mental health issues and had chronic physical problems in her neck and arms requiring pain relief, the medical tribunal heard.
Bernadette Baxter for the General Medical Council told the panel: “In the course of this consultation, she found the doctor to be friendly, but at the conclusion of it, he gave her his mobile phone number which she thought was odd and said she could ring him later.”
During a home visit in August 2011, the doctor allegedly attempted to cuddle the patient and made inappropriate comments.
Dr Kapadia has admitted sending a string of inappropriate text messages between November 2011 and January 2012. However, it is in December 2011 that he is alleged to have taken things a step further and the woman alleges he tried to kiss her and then massaged her before she performed a sex act on him. The pair continued to exchange text messages into the New Year but there was very little contact between them after the alleged incident, the panel heard.
The patient did not make a complaint until March 2012 when it she revealed the saucy texts during a meeting with the practice manager.
Dr Kapadia has admitted sending the messages and visiting the woman at her home, but has denied any sexual impropriety.
Practice bosses reported Dr Kapadia to the General Medical Council sparking an investigation by the regulator.
Dr Kampadia, who was once a GP at the Riverside Medical Centre at Walton-le-Dale, Preston, was suspended in 2008 after admitting he self prescribed more than £2,000 worth of drugs. He was only allowed back to work in February 2009 after being suspended while under investigation since October 2005.
A spokesperson for NHS England Lancashire said: “The practice raised concerns initially with the former North Lancashire PCT. As a result of this the PCT liaised with the GMC who took the decision to suspend the doctor’s license to practice.
“We can confirm that the GP is currently unable to work as a doctor as result of the suspension.”