‘Creepy’ married doctor , 47, who had affair with student, 17, is struck off

A married doctor has been struck off after taking on a 17-year old student for work experience – before starting an affair with her and calling her his wife.

Dr Shakil Malik, 47, engaged in oral sex with the teenager in a hotel room, sent her explicit text messages and even referred to her as ‘Mrs Malik’.

Later the father of three chatted up another young woman who was studying medicine at university and tried get her to accompany him to a ‘masterclass for doctors’ conference in London by claiming she was his junior.

She refused the offer claiming Malik had a ‘creepy smile’ which made her feel ‘uncomfortable.’

The two students known as Miss A and Miss B had been referred to Malik between October 2018 and August 2019 whilst he was working as a consultant physician for the NHS in Manchester in geriatric rehabilitation and emergency medicine.

Miss A who was on a college placement at Fairfield Hospital in Bury, Greater Manchester was sent inappropriate texts by the doctor saying he ‘wanted to kiss her and would never leave her’ and referred to her as his ‘life, everything, oxygen,’ and ‘heartbeat’. He would also refer to her as his ‘wife, Mrs Malik’ and a ‘princess’ and even asked her ‘listen to her ‘hubby’.

Shakil Malik was struck off after he had an affair with a 17-year old student on work experience

He sent Miss A a message on Facebook messenger offering to buy her a birthday present then transferred £66 to her bank account so that she could get one herself. He later transferred a further £100 so she could book a room at a hotel where they subsequently hugged and kissed and she gave him oral sex.

In text messages between the pair Malik asked Miss A to send her pictures ‘without her gown’ and offered to give a ‘bum massage’.

He bizarrely added: ‘An orgasm is a full-body release of sexual tension that builds up as a result of sexual excitement.’

Miss B, 22, who was studying medicine at Sheffield University and who had a boyfriend said was she was subjected to sexual advances in a meeting with Malik whilst on a 12 week work placement at Barnsley Hospital.

He invited her to attend the conference in London and sent an email to a sales representative arranging the event adding she could not tell anyone about the invitation as it was ‘confidential.’ He told her ‘you look nice with your hair down. Can I be your best friend? Every girl should be treated like a princess.’

Police arrested Malik on suspicion of sexual activity with Miss A but took no further action. Miss B spoke to a fellow trainee and then her brother before reporting her own concerns about Malik to NHS officials organising her placement.

His lawyer said Dr Malik was now on 'a journey of self-reflection' but knew he had done wrong

His lawyer said Dr Malik was now on ‘a journey of self-reflection’ but knew he had done wrong

Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, in Manchester where tribunals for doctors are held

Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, in Manchester where tribunals for doctors are held

At the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester, Malik, from Bramhall near Stockport was ordered to have his name erased from the found medical register after he was found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct.

He admitted a fling with Miss A but denied making sexual remarks towards Miss B and claimed he was a ‘victim of feminine wiles.’

Tribunal chairman Graham White said: ‘The targets of Dr Malik’s sexually motivated behaviour were students to whom he was in a position of trust and seniority as their supervisor. The tribunal regarded Dr Malik’s sexually motivated misconduct to be an abuse of that trust and his behaviour towards both Miss A and Miss B to be predatory.

‘There remains a high risk of repetition. Dr Malik’s sexually motivated behaviour would have been unacceptable in any supervisory role. Such conduct amounts to an abuse of a position of power and he has brought the medical profession into disrepute.

‘He has breached more than one of the fundamental tenets of the medical profession through the abuse of his role in relation to both Miss A and Miss B in pursuit of sexual gratification.’

The hearing was told Miss A was a 17-year-old on a college placement when she was sent on a work placement with Dr Malik in October 2018.

Miss Chloe Fairley lawyer for the General Medical Council said: ‘Dr Malik initiated the sexualised element of his contact with her. He pressurised Miss A into sending him naked photographs of herself, had bought her gifts and paid for a hotel room in which he hoped for a sexual encounter.

‘Dr Malik’s interest in Miss A had been sexual from the start. The fallacy of his attempts to minimise the seriousness of his behaviour and his attempts to portray himself as the victim of feminine wiles were exposed by the volume and sexualised content of the messages exchanged between him and Miss A.’

The tribunal heard Miss B was targeted whilst Dr Malik was already under investigation for sexually motivated conduct towards Miss A. Miss B told the tribunal: ‘I felt that day the way he acted was bizarre and I have never heard of a consultant acting like that. I thought he was unprofessional. When he smiled at me, it made me feel uncomfortable.

‘I didn’t like the way he smiled at me. I don’t want to use the word creepy but it was. I don’t know how to explain somebody’s smile but it made me feel uncomfortable.’

Malik attrended a ‘maintaining professional boundaries’ course and claimed to ‘understood the concept of it with colleagues and other professionals..’

He added: ‘I have learnt that good professional boundaries enable us to make appropriate working relationships, they make sure we act appropriately with people we know and those who we just met’. I have learnt to respect boundaries and will never violate them’ and ‘I have learnt that good professional boundaries ensure everyone acts according to accepted standards, they ensure I safeguard myself and others.’

His lawyer Ghazan Mahmood said: ‘Dr Malik was very flattered by the attention he received from Miss A and there was a mutual attraction between them.. Everything that happened between them was entirely consensual. Miss A clearly intended to form a relationship and that there had been a rapid escalation on both their parts.

‘Dr Malik is on a journey of self-reflection and there is evidence of insight and remediation through his attendance on courses and in his reflections, although he accepted that more needs to be done. He is embarrassed, genuinely ashamed and remorseful.’

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