Doctor had sex with patient in his clinic, Medical Council inquiry hears

Woman tells inquiry the married physician showed her fake copy of his divorce papers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 January, 2013, 4:00am

A married doctor allegedly had sex with a woman patient - twice in his clinic - after claiming to be divorced, a Medical Council inquiry heard yesterday.

Dr Barry Tsang Ka-hung also sold the woman insurance in breach of the profession's code of conduct after saying that he had money problems, the disciplinary inquiry was told.

Tsang denies the allegations.

Testifying anonymously to protect her identity, the woman said she and the doctor were lovers from February to October 2009, during which time she was also seeing him as a doctor. They split up after he told her he was getting back with his wife.

The woman added that Tsang had told her he was divorced and had shown her what he claimed was a copy of his divorce papers.

Questioned by Mark Chan, the legal officer representing the council secretary, the woman said she and the doctor had sex twice in his clinic and three times in pay-by-the-hour hotels, for which Tsang paid.

In October 2009, she tested positive for human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes genital warts. She said she had only had two sexual partners, and in 2009 had had sex only with Tsang. She added later that she was not saying the doctor had given her HPV, only that there was a possibility.

"I felt that he had used his position as a doctor to, besides selling insurance to a female patient, have these sorts of relations. I thought this was terrible," she said. "I didn't want this to happen to other women."

The woman said she had bought the insurance product to help Tsang out after he said he was in financial difficulties. The hearing continues on January 27.