Married consultant physician, 47, had affair with college student and made sexual advances towards another young woman after saying 'all girls should be treated like princesses', tribunal hears
A married NHS consultant physician had an affair with one college student and allegedly made unwanted sexual advances towards a second after declaring 'all girls should be treated like princesses', a medical tribunal heard today.
Dr Shakil Malik, 47, engaged in a sex act with one of the young women in a hotel room, sent her explicit text messages and even referred to her as 'Mrs Malik' after she obtained work experience under his supervision.
Later, the father-of-three chatted up the other undergraduate, who was studying medicine, and tried to get her to accompany him to a 'masterclass for doctors' conference by falsely passing her off as his junior, it was claimed.
She refused the offer, claiming Malik had a 'creepy smile' which made her feel 'uncomfortable'.
The two students, known as Miss A and Miss B, had been referred to Malik between October 2018 and August 2019 while he was working for the NHS in Manchester in geriatric rehabilitation and emergency medicine.
Miss A alleged the doctor sent her inappropriate texts, saying he 'wanted to kiss her and would never leave her', and referred to her as his 'life, everything, oxygen' and 'heartbeat'.
He would also refer to her as his 'wife, Mrs Malik' and a 'princess' — and even asked her to 'listen to her 'hubby''.
Malik sent Miss A a message on Facebook offering to buy her a birthday present, then transferred 66 to her bank account so she could treat herself.
He later transferred 100 so she could book him a hotel room where they subsequently hooked up. Malik also sent Miss A graphic sexual texts.
Miss B, 22, who was studying medicine at Sheffield University and who had a boyfriend, claimed she was subjected to sexual advances in a meeting with Malik at his office on a 12-week work placement as part of her studies.
He invited her to attend the conference in London and sent an email to a sales representative arranging the event, wrongly referring to the student as his 'junior' and saying: 'she's very keen'.
Malik then told Miss B she could not tell anyone about the invitation as it was 'confidential' adding: 'you look nice with your hair down'.
When told she was dating a male friend, the doctor was said to have told her: 'Is it serious? Do you live with him. Can I be your best friend? Every girl should be treated like a princess.'
Miss B told the tribunal: 'I felt that day the way he acted was bizarre and I have never heard of a consultant acting like that. I thought he was unprofessional. When he smiled at me, it made me feel uncomfortable.
'I didn't like the way he smiled at me. I don't want to use the word creepy but it was. I don't know how to explain somebody's smile but it made me feel uncomfortable.
'I have never been to his office before but he invited me around 12.45pm and the meeting lasted for around half an hour to 45 minutes and the room itself was very small.
'He invited me to go down to the conference and said I was his junior which was not true. Even if I wasn't able to get into the conference he still wanted me to go anyway not regarding whether I was a doctor or not.
'I felt pressured in the moment and he told me it was expensive and it could get funding for me and that I couldn't back out. I tried to think of an excuse of why I couldn't go.
'I could tell he wanted me to lie on the forms and say I was a junior doctor. He wanted me to fill the forms out with him and I don't understand why as a 22-year old I couldn't act for myself. Dr Malik is quite intimidating and I didn't want to say anything.
'In the office, I felt intimated by him just being one in one and I wasn't going to pick apart him saying I'm a junior. He said the accommodation was already booked.
'I asked myself why would I have to go to London with a consultant that I barely knew. Consultants don't do that with medical students — it's unheard of.
'It was a horrible experience for me to go through. I shouldn't have to feel uncomfortable in placement it's me that's learning it is my career. He was in a position of power and I'm just a medical student — I felt so inferior.
'It was his question: 'can I be your best friend?' after knowing that I was sleeping with my best friend that was the horrible thing. He said 'every girl should be treated like a princess.' There were so many red flags during this conversation.'
After the meeting Miss B spoke to a fellow trainee and then her brother before reporting her concerns about Malik to NHS officials organising the placement.
Malik from Bramhall, Cheshire admits having an affair with Miss A but denies any wrongdoing towards Miss B. The hearing continues.