Harley Street doctor faces being struck off over relationship with  former patient

Dr Bogatcheva and Patient A are due to marry later this year, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester heard.The GP admits getting into a relationship with Patient A, but told the tribunal that she denies it happened during the time he was her patient.She referred General Medical Council on the advice of NHS England and could be struck off if found guilty.The pair met in 2016 after Patient A became a patient of Dr Romete six years earlier. He and Dr Bogatcheva had various medical consultations between February 25 and May 19 2016 after Dr Romete temporarily left the practice.Patient A told the hearing he met Dr Bogatcheva through Dr Romete who invited him to several social events where he obtained Dr Bogatcheva’s mobile number and asked her out for coffee.He said: “My sexual relationship with Natalia commenced after her birthday week in August. Our relationship naturally developed. We saw each other one or twice a week. It wasn’t teen lust. I believe Dr Romete knew about our sexual relationship. In September 2016 we went on holiday to Sicily.“I don’t think it was inappropriate for her to be looking at my medical records, it’s an attachment thing, or a reminder. There was no issue. When Natalia became pregnant with my son, it was the most fantastic thing that could have happened to me. It’s a wonderful thing although I think at the time I found out I was in shock. “Since then my relationship with Natalie has flourished my life has flourished and my work life has been getting better and better. I didn’t feel trapped by it, I was accepting of it. We are going to get married this year and I plan to remain together until I die.”A lawyer for the General Medical Council (GMC) claims Bogatcheva started a relationship with Patient A six weeks after her last consultation.Emma Gilsenan said: ‘It is the GMC case that she began an inappropriate emotional relationship which developed into a sexual relationship in or around August 2016. Less than three months after her last consultation with patient A, she accessed Patient A’s medical records inappropriately on three separate occasions.’Dr Bogatcheva, of Crouch End, North London, denies misconduct. The hearing continues. A Harley Street doctor faces being struck off over a relationship with her future husband while he was a patient at her private practice.Dr Natalia Bogatcheva, 40, started a romance with the property developer in February 2016 after she met him through her manager who had invited him to “soirees.” The pair later had a son, moved in together and got engaged.But the General Medical Council (GMC) launched an investigation after Dr Bogatcheva was caught by colleagues illicitly accessing her boyfriend’s medical records in November 2016.She had reportedly become suspicious after her former patient’s ex-girlfriend moved into one of his apartments.Her manager at the Roc Clinic in London, Dr Cristiana Romete, discovered the checks, which had been carried out in the early hours of the morning, and raised concerns after an “analysis of electoral records” revealed Dr Bogatcheva was living with the former patient, known only as Patient A.Dr Bogatcheva faces a misconduct case accusing her of having an “improper emotional relationship” with her fiancee who was known only as Patient A. She is also alleged to have written a referral letter for Patient A while the two were in a sexual relationship, in breach of GMC rules. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.

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