Dr. Paul George Bussey

N.J. doctor’s license suspended for being involved in a sexu

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Published: 28 July 2017

Posted by: Denise H. McGlynn

Woodstown – A temporary suspension of license has been issued for a local doctor by the state Attorney Generals Office, following allegations of having sexual relation with a female patient, who he once treated for mental issues.
Dr. Paul George Bussey, who owns and operates Family Practice of Salem County on Mill Street, entered into an agreement on Nov. 4, with the state Board of Medical Examiners, which will remain in effect until any further action is considered in his case by the board.
Attorney General John J. Hoffman issued a statement on Monday, saying that a doctor-patient relationship is considered sacred and should not be breached in any case. Any doctor who engages in a sexual act with a patient, especially the ones being treated for mental issues, violates that relationship in the most egregious way.
Spokesmen for Memorial Hospital of Salem County and Inspira Medical Center Elmer (the two Salem County hospitals, Bussey was affiliated with) said that they have ended their association with him.
The complaint was filed seeking temporary suspension of Bussey’s license, before the Board of Medical Examiners, on Sep. 29. Bussey was alleged of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female patient he was treating for anxiety, depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, and a few other ailments.
Bussey engaged in a two-month sexual relationship with a 30-year-old patient as per the allegations made in the complaint. The patient was being treated since she was 21 years old and those two months refers to the time period between January and March of 2015, as per the Attorney General’s Office. Narcotic and psychotropic medications were being prescribed to her as a part of that treatment.
The married doctor had hired the unidentified patient in January 2015, majorly to help with the medical billing process in his office. That was the time their sexual relationship began.
He purchased her a cell phone where the two of them exchanged sexually explicit text messages. They also exchanged gifts, jewelry and money, made numerous restaurant visits and had sex in his office, as per the complaint.
Steve Lee, acting director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs said that the patients coming to health care professionals expect that their welfare will be placed above all else and if the allegations made in this case are true, Dr. Bussey put his selfish sexual desires ahead of his patient’s well-being and misused the trust placed on him.
Bussey used to request sexually explicit photos of the patient, but she denied because of her mother being awake at home with her. Bussey suggested the patient to give an extra dose of anti-anxiety and antipsychotic medication to her mother to induce early sleep. Bussey had prescribed those medications to her mother earlier.
Bussey’s office’s answering machine says that the practice will remain closed for a while, since Monday morning.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, hearing date has not been scheduled yet and Bussey’s license shall remain suspended until the Board of Medical Examiners consider further disciplinary action against him in the hearing.
The Enforcement Bureau of the Division of Consumer Affairs investigated this case.

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