Andrew Hockton successfully defends hospital doctor in a case of admitted dishonesty at MPT
10th February 2020
Dr B, a promising and highly-regarded hospital doctor at ST5 level, admitted dishonesty in relation to the completion of a form submitted in connection with locum work. Dr B accepted that his conduct amounted to ‘misconduct’. Having heard evidence from Dr B and a number of testimonial witnesses, including Dr B’s educational supervisor, the tribunal held that Dr B demonstrated substantial insight, had taken responsibility for his actions and undertaken deep reflection. The tribunal also held that the doctor had engaged in extensive remediation and demonstrated genuine remorse for his conduct. This was an isolated incident in an otherwise unblemished career. There was no patient complaint or risk of patient harm. There was, the tribunal held, a very low risk of repetition. On the facts of the case, the tribunal determined that Dr B’s fitness to practise was not impaired and, at the conclusion of the hearing on 31st January 2020, issued him with a warning. Dr B was represented by Andrew Hockton, instructed by Francis O’ Toole of the MPS.
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