Married Doctor had Affair with Placement Student aged 17

A medical tribunal in Manchester heard that a married doctor had an affair with a 17-year-old student on a work placement.

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he had a "creepy smile" which made her feel "uncomfortable".

A married doctor has been struck off after having an affair with a 17-year-old work experience student.

Dr Shakil Malik, aged 47, of Bramhall near Stockport, engaged in oral sex with the teenager, sent her explicit messages and even called her his wife.

He later made sexual advances towards a university medical student.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester heard that the two students known as Miss A and Miss B had been referred to Malik between October 2018 and August 2019.

Miss A was on a one-week college placement at The Fairfield Hospital in Bury. The doctor sent her explicit texts, saying he “wanted to kiss her” and “would never leave her”.

He also referred to her as his “wife, Mrs Malik” and a “princess” and even asked her to “listen to her hubby”.

The married doctor sent her a Facebook message, offering to buy her a birthday present before transferring £66 to her bank account so that she could get one herself.

Malik then transferred another £100 so she could book a hotel room. In the room, the pair kissed and Miss A gave him oral sex.

In text messages, Malik asked Miss A to send a picture of herself. He also sent her an explicit picture of himself.

Malik later made sexual advances towards Miss B, a medical student in her early twenties at Sheffield University who was on a 12-week work placement.

He invited her to attend a conference in London and told her to keep it confidential.

Even though she had a boyfriend, Malik told her:

“You look nice with your hair down. Can I be your best friend? Every girl should be treated like a princess.”

Miss B refused the married doctor’s offer, saying that he had a “creepy smile” which made her feel “uncomfortable”.

On November 2, 2018, Malik was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child under the age of 18 in a position of trust, however, no further action was taken.

The ICS Locum Agency referred the matter to the GMC on November 13, 2018. On the same date, Malik notified the GMC of his arrest.

Miss B spoke to another work experience student and her brother before reporting Malik to NHS officials organising her placement.

Malik admitted having an affair with Miss A but denied making sexual comments towards Miss B.

In October 2020, Malik was found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct.

Tribunal chairman Graham White said: “The targets of Dr Malik’s sexually motivated behaviour were students to whom he was in a position of trust and seniority as their supervisor.

“The tribunal regarded Dr Malik’s sexually motivated misconduct to be an abuse of that trust and his behaviour towards both Miss A and Miss B to be predatory.

“There remains a high risk of repetition. Dr Malik’s sexually motivated behaviour would have been unacceptable in any supervisory role.

“Such conduct amounts to an abuse of a position of power and he has brought the medical profession into disrepute.”

“He has breached more than one of the fundamental tenets of the medical profession through the abuse of his role in relation to both Miss A and Miss B in pursuit of sexual gratification.”

After his conviction, the married doctor asked to have his name taken off the medical register.

Chloe Fairley, lawyer for the General Medical Council, said about Miss A:

“Dr Malik initiated the sexualised element of his contact with her.

“He pressurised Miss A into sending him naked photographs of herself, had bought her gifts and paid for a hotel room in which he hoped for a sexual encounter.

“Dr Malik’s interest in Miss A had been sexual from the start.

“The fallacy of his attempts to minimise the seriousness of his behaviour and his attempts to portray himself as the victim of feminine wiles were exposed by the volume and sexualised content of the messages exchanged between him and Miss A.”

It was heard that Miss B was targeted whilst Malik was under investigation.

Miss B told the tribunal:

“I felt that day the way he acted was bizarre and I have never heard of a consultant acting like that. I thought he was unprofessional. When he smiled at me, it made me feel uncomfortable.

“I didn’t like the way he smiled at me. I don’t want to use the word creepy but it was. I don’t know how to explain somebody’s smile but it made me feel uncomfortable.”

Malik told the tribunal: “I have learnt that good professional boundaries enable us to make appropriate working relationships, they make sure we act appropriately with people we know and those who we just met.

“I have learnt to respect boundaries and will never violate them and I have learnt that good professional boundaries ensure everyone acts according to accepted standards, they ensure I safeguard myself and others.”

His lawyer Ghazan Mahmood added:

“Dr Malik was very flattered by the attention he received from Miss A and there was a mutual attraction between them.

“Everything that happened between them was entirely consensual.

“Miss A clearly intended to form a relationship and that there had been a rapid escalation on both their parts.

“Dr Malik is on a journey of self-reflection and there is evidence of insight and remediation through his attendance on courses and in his reflections, although he accepted that more needs to be done.

“He is embarrassed, genuinely ashamed and remorseful.”

Malik has now been struck off from the profession following his conviction.

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