The General Osteopathic Council has removed Michael Kern from its Register of Osteopaths
29 November 2018
On 15 November 2018, the GOsC’s Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) found Mr Michael Kern, of Highgate, London, guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and decided that the appropriate sanction would be to remove his name from the Register of osteopaths.
The PCC found that Mr Kern had transgressed professional boundaries by engaging in sexual activity with a patient on multiple occasions in 2006 and 2007, and seeking to re-establish an improper personal relationship with the patient in 2008. The PCC determined that his conduct was a gross abuse of his professional position.
In deciding the appropriate sanction, the PCC, chaired by Mr Richard Davies, concluded that Mr Kern’s conduct was a breach of the relationship of trust between practitioner and patient and was fundamentally incompatible with continued registration.
In reaching its decision, the PCC considered that Mr Kern’s actions had the potential to cause great damage to confidence in the osteopathic profession and concluded that the public interest could only be protected by removing Mr Kern from the Register.
The PCC determined that Mr Kern should be removed from the statutory Register of osteopaths.
You can read the full hearing decision at osteopathy.org.uk/news-and-resources/document-library/fitness-to-practise/mr-michael-kern-pcc-decision-15-november-2018
Note: This headline was corrected on 3 June 2019 to reflect that the GOsC ‘removed’ Michael Kern from its Register, rather than directed his removal.