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Former doctor in Toowoomba, Ipswich admits to patient affair

A FORMER Ipswich, Bowen and Toowoomba doctor admitted in court he had an affair with a patient - five years after he stopped treating her.

Dr Andrew Alfred George Leggett, who began his medical career in Ipswich and Bowen before moving back to Brisbane, admitted to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal he had a long term affair with a patient while working as a psychiatrist in Brisbane.

The tribunal heard in 2001 Dr Leggett treated the woman, who was suffering stresses following a divorce and being a single mother.

When it became apparent she was interested in starting a sexual relationship with him he ceased the treatment and referred her to another doctor.

For nearly five years they had limited contact - restricted mostly to occasional emails - but the court heard in 2007, while Dr Leggett was operating in Brisbane, she asked to see him again and soon after they began a sexual affair.

The court heard Dr Leggett did not exploit the woman and they began a loving relationship.

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Dr Leggett accepted he had engaged in unprofessional conduct and took a redundancy from his work. The court heard after time off he now works privately.

The decision of Judge Alexander Horneman-Wren will be announced at a later date.



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