Doctor accused of sex with ‘suicidal’ patient

Author: By Lucy Collins, Press Association

Dr Erich Pultar, 65, visited the “mentally fragile” woman after concerns were
raised about her state of mind by a university tutor.

She claimed the doctor undressed her and had sex with her at her two-bedroom
flat near London Bridge and stayed for three hours.

The Fitness to Practise Panel found that the GMC did not prove he had
intercourse with her during the visit on 17 April 2007 but that he did
attempt to pursue an intimate relationship.

The panel, sitting in Manchester, ruled that the case was particularly serious
because Patient A was particularly vulnerable due to ill health, was only 23
years old and a student, and the medical consultation took place at her home.

The 23-year-old, from Hong Kong, was a fourth-year medical student in London
when she began experiencing mental health problems.

Her tutor became very concerned about her welfare after learning she had
suicidal thoughts and had been in touch with the Samaritans. She contacted
the student’s GP, which resulted in Dr Pultar paying her a visit.

A GMC hearing in Manchester was told that Dr Pultar was employed by SOS
Doctors Direct Limited, a privately-run out-of-hours GP service, and
travelled from his home in France to work for the company one week a month
in London.

When he visited the student’s flat near City Hall on April 17, 2007 she had
drunk herself unconscious and he woke her up and prescribed valium.

Dr Pultar, who worked as a rural doctor in France for 40 years before retiring
to New Jersey, in the United States, denied inappropriate conduct and
abusing his professional position.

He did not attend the hearing.

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