Chancellor George Osborne’s psychiatrist brother Adam Osborne has been struck off the medical register after admitting to a two-year sexual relationship with a vulnerable patient.
Adam Osborne, who is five years younger than his brother, threatened the mother-of-two when she reported him to the General Medical Council (GMC), telling her “I will make sure you pay” after he ended the affair by email.
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) ruled that his fitness to practise was impaired by reason of misconduct and that the married doctor’s behaviour was “profoundly unacceptable”.
Dr Osborne did not attend the four-day disciplinary hearing in Manchester which heard how the woman - referred to as Patient A - took an overdose of alcohol and prescription drugs in an attempt to end her own life two days after he broke off the relationship.
Dr Osborne, who has been helping Syrian refugees in Calais, qualified as a doctor in 2004.
He admitted all the allegations he faced.
The hearing was told he had been treating Patient A at a private practice in central London for depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue between February 2011 and late 2014.
Following the split in February last year, the woman told him: “I’m very much balancing on the edge and it’s so easy for me to tip over just now.”
Despite knowing of her fragile state and suicide attempt, he bombarded her with threatening emails over a 10-day period begging her to retract her complaint.
He pleaded: “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 told her: “If I get into trouble for this then I will never forgive you for this and I will make sure you pay.”
Another email read: “Please don’t do this to me, it will destroy me and my family in public.”
The tribunal was told that Dr Osborne’s wife had knowledge of the woman.
His counsel Julian Woodbridge said: “Dr Osborne accepts that he did engage in an inappropriate relationship with the patient, Patient A, and he apologises for his conduct in this respect.
“Dr Osborne also accepts that after he tried to end the relationship he did subsequently send a number of inappropriate emails in a moment of panic. Again he apologises and much regrets any further distress.”
Chairman of the tribunal Dr Nigel Callaghan said that it had not been a “one-off occurrence” and that he had been aware from the outset that the relationship was inappropriate by his insistence that Patient A agree not to report him.
He said: “The tribunal does not consider that Dr Osborne’s actions are easily remediable. This was not a fleeting relationship but sustained over a period of two years.
“Dr Osborne attempted to persuade Patient A to withdraw the complaint by sending inappropriate emails to her over a ten day period when he knew she had taken an overdose, and was therefore in a particularly vulnerable and fragile state.”
He added: “The tribunal regards Dr Osborne’s behaviour as profoundly unacceptable and undermines the public’s confidence in the medical profession.”