Father-of-two psychiatrist cheated on his wife with patient after telling another: ‘Men aren’t biologically programmed for monogamy’
By Hannah Parry
September 1, 2015
A married psychiatrist who had sex with a patient before telling another ‘When my wife dies, I will s**g as many women as I can’ has kept his job.
Father-of-two Dr Joseph Bray, 57, claimed during consultations with one woman that ‘Men aren’t biologically programmed for monogamy.’
He was later treating a ‘psychologically vulnerable’ patient at The Priory Hospital in Southampton when he began stroking her hair and kissing her head, a tribunal heard.
The consultant told her ‘if only I was 20 years younger’ before having sex with her at an undisclosed location.
At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, a fitness to practise panel found Bray, guilty of misconduct.
Panel chairman Carrie Ryan Palmer denounced the doctor’s ‘deplorable’ and ‘self-indulgent’ actions.
He said: ‘The Panel considered Dr Bray’s language to be wholly inappropriate and unacceptable and use of vulgarities was lewd.
‘His decision to talk about his potential post-marital sexual behaviour and his personal beliefs regarding the nature of men was self-indulgent and of no therapeutic value. It would be regarded as deplorable by fellow practitioners, patients and the wider public.’
But rather than strike off the disgraced psychiatrist, the panel suspended him for 12 months after he pleaded to be able to ‘retire with dignity.’
The hearing was told how Bray had used ‘crude and unprofessional language during a consultation on November 27, 2012 with ‘Patient A’ after she came to him suffering stress from discovering her husband was having an affair.
During treatment, Bray began complimenting Patient A about her appearance before focusing in explicit terms on emails the patient found which were sent to her husband by his mistress.
He also told her the expectation of fidelity in marriage was ‘unreasonable’, the hearing heard.
Counsel for the GMC Paul Williams said: ‘He used the internet to locate pictures of her husband’s mistress and went on to make comparisons between the physical appearance of Patient A and the mistress.
‘He used inappropriate colloquial terms when talking about the conduct of the husband including the word ‘s**ging’ and discussed personal relationships of his own with his own wife.
‘The conversation turned from simple relationship matters to physical appearance, attraction and discussing sexual matters. Dr Bray’s persistent focus on the context of emails received by the husband made her feel awkward and uncomfortable. She felt it was sufficient to say the content was explicit.