Friday, 29 January 2010

Misconduct doctor Jane Barton escapes being struck off

A doctor who prescribed "potentially hazardous" levels of drugs to elderly patients who later died has escaped being struck off. Dr Jane Barton will be allowed to continue working under certain conditions despite being found guilty of serious professional misconduct. She was accused of a series of failings in her care of 12 patients at Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the 1990s.

Relatives and the General Medical Council criticised the panel's ruling. Family members of those who had died shouted at the fitness to practice panel when the decision was delivered in central London. Iain Wilson, the son of Robert Wilson, one of the patients who died, shouted: "You should hang your head in shame."

Source: BBC