Doctor who bombarded colleague with WhatsApp messages is suspended

Family doctor, 45, who bombarded female colleague with 215 ‘sexually motivated’ WhatsApp messages while her husband was away on business is suspended from job for six months

  • Dr Mazhar Khan, from Langley, sent ‘sexually motivated’ messages to colleague
  • Previously suspended for cuddling patient and rubbing himself against her
  • Found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct and suspended for six months

A GP who sent ‘sexually motivated’ WhatsApp messages to a colleague has been suspended for six months.

Dr Mazhar Khan, 45, bombarded the female colleague, known only as Mrs A, with 215 flirtatious messages whilst her husband of two months was away on business in 2019.

The messages included the disgraced doctor, who began working at Chapel Medical Centre in Slough in 2018, telling his colleague she was ‘stunning’ and ‘drop dead gorgeous’, while another read: ‘Dreamt about you last night.’

Khan, who also asked the colleague to marry him, had previously been suspended in 2014 for cuddling a patient and rubbing himself against her during a visit to her home.

He was later allowed to keep his job and went to work at a different surgery.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, Khan, from Langley, near Slough, Berkshire, was found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct and was suspended from medical practise for six months.

Dr Mazhar Khan, 45, who began working at Chapel Medical Centre in Slough in 2018 (pictured), sent 215 flirtatious messages to his colleague

The hearing was told that the unnamed colleague rebuffed Khan’s advances and urged their relationship to remain strictly professional but eventually she told her husband about the texts.

During the investigation a third woman in her 20s, who worked as a receptionist alongside Mrs A, also claimed Khan had made sexual overtures towards her too.   

The latest incidents occurred in 2019 after the doctor had begun working for the East Berkshire Primary Care Out of Hours service at the Slough Walk-in Centre and also Chapel Medical Centre which were based in the same building.    

In a statement Mrs A said: ‘Myself and Dr Khan initially had what I believed to be a good working relationship. He was a doctor I felt I could approach if I ever needed clinical advice with regards to patients.

‘But he became very interested in my married life and was particularly interested in my husband leaving the country for work and would share his thoughts around it.

‘He would often state how wrong it was of him to leave me after two months of marriage for his career. This at first made me feel quite upset, as I would miss my husband terribly however as time went by I had adjusted.

‘He would tell me about his marriage and how he was unhappy in his marriage. However, as time went by he became quite persistent and impulsive with the compliments both over text and in person.

‘I would thank him for the compliments, and shut down the conversation or deviate. He would acknowledge and understand he would be inappropriate as I would be embarrassed and ignore him so he would apologise for it.

‘He would tell me how much he loved working with me on several occasions.’

She added: ‘Dr Khan would also send me messages about the fact that he was unhappy in his marriage and that he had never loved his wife. 

‘He also would tell our other colleagues at Chapel that he was unhappy and that he was not allowed to see his children.

‘At the time, I thought that maybe he didn’t have anyone else to talk to and that I was a friend he could speak to these things about. He started to pay me compliments and say that I should be married to him instead.

‘For example, he sent me a message that said I was ”smart extremely pretty intelligent humble honest and more”. 

‘I felt like this was just too much, and I tried to shut him down each time by ignoring the compliment or just saying ”thank you”, to try to stop the conversation from going any further. But he was looking for a relationship.’

Mrs A said she felt embarrassed and uncomfortable about receiving the messages and described becoming very anxious and experiencing palpitations and even considered leaving her job.

Khan also asked her to go with him to a medical conference in Europe and said: ‘Trip to Europe – is it asking too much at this stage’, and in answer to a message from Mrs A setting professional boundaries added: ”Are you serious, I slip.”

In another torrent of texts he went on: ‘Just say you want to come all three days – please do. I don’t wanna go alone. I miss you, sorry, I can’t be professional with you. Why didn’t you marry me. Even if my home life was good I would have felt the same about you.’

Khan insisted the the messages where from an ‘old fashioned romantic’ merely pursuing a ‘platonic relationship’ and claimed the texts were ‘jokey’ and ‘flirtation for flirtation’s sake’.

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, Khan was found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct and suspended from medical practise for six months.  Pictured: Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) headquarters in Manchester

In a statement he said: ‘I felt that I had a very good working relationship with Mrs A. She was kind enough to offer me assistance on occasions and I would return the favour.

‘I am embarrassed when I look back over the messages and I see that my messages will have made Mrs A feel uncomfortable and I should not have put her in that position after she clarified that our relationship was professional only.’    

He added: ‘Towards the end my messaging was intense – too intense. I again see why Mrs A was concerned. I had looked forward to speaking with Mrs A and I felt that we had gotten close.

‘I said things which were wholly inappropriate out of desperation for Mrs A to believe me and because I wanted to keep speaking to her. I am sorry that I conducted myself in such a way and for any distress receiving those messages caused Mrs A.’  

He maintained he did not want or foresee, a sexual relationship with Mrs A but confessed: ‘I admit it should have stopped much earlier. I was very pushy. Perhaps I hoped one day she would like me.’ 

The hearing was told in 2014, Khan was suspended from practise for 12 months after he obtained a patient’s mobile phone number from surgery records and arranged to meet at her home whilst he was working at Danes Camp Medical Centre in Northampton.

During the encounter in 2012 he bought alcohol for the woman, kissed and touched her body and rubbed himself against her as she sat on a couch. 

He was allowed back to unrestricted practise the following year after telling how he had delivered a lecture to senior doctors about maintaining professional boundaries.

The GP’s lawyer Charles Foster said: ‘Whilst Dr Khan accepts the gravity of his misconduct, the Tribunal should look at the bigger picture. While it may be concerned by the previous misconduct that involved a very different set of circumstances, including sexual contact with a patient.

‘This was jokey, romantic and sexualised messaging to a colleague. Mrs A came across as a poised professional who had the confidence to respond to Dr Khan’s advances.’

MPTS chairman Mike Hayward said: ‘Whilst the Tribunal accepted there is a risk of repetition, it considered that risk could be managed once Dr Khan has had the opportunity to demonstrate further insight into his sexual misconduct and remediate his behaviour.’ 

Khan is expected to return to work again pending a review next year. The General Medicial Council had called for Khan to be struck off. 

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