Doctor is guilty of sex with patient

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 March, 2013, 3:43am

A doctor has been found guilty of three charges of professional misconduct for selling insurance to and having sex with a woman patient, the Medical Council announced last night.

The professional ruling body has yet to decide the penalty for Dr Barry Tsang Ka-hung, 42, who could be permanently deregistered as a doctor.

Tsang was seen shaking his head and sighing when the ruling was announced.

Tsang, who has practised privately since graduating from Chinese University medical school in 1994, had sold the woman insurance after saying that he had money problems, the disciplinary inquiry was earlier told.

He denied the allegations.

In the initial hearing in January, the patient claimed she and Tsang had sex twice in his clinic and three times in guest houses in 2009.

The patient said earlier she and Tsang were lovers from February to October 2009, during which time she was also seeing him as a doctor.

They split after Tsang told her he was getting back with his wife. She said Tsang had told her he was divorced and had shown her what he claimed was a copy of his divorce papers.

In October 2009, she tested positive for human papillomavirus, or HPV, which causes genital warts. She later said she was not accusing the doctor of giving her HPV, only that there was a possibility he had done so.

The woman also said she had bought insurance to help Tsang after he said he was in financial difficulties in 2008 and 2009.

In February 2011 Tsang was found guilty in Kwun Tong Court of cheating the Department of Health out of HK$960 with false claims that he had given influenza vaccinations to four elderly people in 2009. He was sentenced to 120 hours of community service.