Doctor Struck Off After Sending Love Letter To Patient

A Dudley doctor who wrote a love letter to a patient has been struck off.

Dr Sachiendra Amaragiri, aged 59, carried out a colonoscopy on the patient at Russells Hall Hospital. Three months later, Doctor Amaragiri wrote a letter expressing his feelings and emotions to her.

The patient reported it to the police and following a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing, Mr Amaragiri’s name was removed from the medical register. In the letter, which was read out during the hearing, he said:

“When you stepped into my clinic for the first time, I was suddenly stunned and taken aback by your presence. You twanged some distant cord which had laid dormant in me for so many years.

“You induced this unusually extraordinary tender feelings of weakness in my emotional setting. To this day I have been unable to fathom this power you hold on me.”

The tribunal was told the incident occurred after the woman, known as Patient A, was admitted to the hospital in July 2015 with stomach-related issues. Amaragiri, who was not at the hearing, said he had not taken advantage of the patient and described his letter to her as a ‘moment of madness and an indiscreet, irrational action’. In letters to the General Medical Council, he said:

“Not only is this extremely disturbing but distasteful to read. I never had or have any intention of causing any hurt in any manner.

"I sincerely regret this event happened and it’s sad that my letter has been interpreted so cheaply.”


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