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The General Osteopathic Council has directed that Michael Kern should be removed 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.

Mr Kern has now appealed the PCC decision to the High Court. The removal order will not come into effect until the outcome of this appeal.

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