Psychiatrist Richard Young loses license for one year for sex with patient…again

On our about July 2010, psychiatrist Richard Young, of Melbourne, Australia was disqualified for one year for having offered a prostitute $50 for oral sex following a health check-up he gave her in March 2004.

Sex with the woman breached a 2003 condition on his medical registration (the result of an earlier medical board investigation) that he not have any sexual or personal relationship with a patient.

He also prescribed a potentially deadly painkiller to the patient, who was drug dependent (something Young denies knowing but admits he should have known—one of his colleagues held a methadone permit for her).

The Victoria Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) noted that Young had previously had sex with the patient at a brothel.

Source: Steve Butcher, “Doctor again banned for sex with patient,” Sydney Morning Herald, September 29, 2010.

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