GP locums and patient harassment

23rd December 2013 by Rachel Birch

GP locums and patient harassment

Sessional GP and MPS medicolegal consultant Dr Rachel Birch shares a case scenario about a patient who stalked her GP. 

Dr L worked as a locum GP in Manchester, doing maternity and other long-term locum jobs within the city practices. Five years ago he saw a female patient, Miss X, with mental health symptoms. He spent time trying to help her to resolve some of her issues. She was referred to counselling and to psychiatry and was found to have a borderline personality disorder.

Dr L’s six-month locum post ended and he moved to a neighbouring practice. Two weeks into his job he was asked to see a new patient… Miss X. She told him she felt he understood her and wanted to remain his patient. He saw her as a patient for the next four months, but then he moved to another practice in the area. Again Miss X registered at the new practice.

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