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

1 comment:

Angus Dei said...

Usual piss poor GMC decision making, it really is about time that regulation of doctors was handed over to a body that will actually listen to the evidence and rule accordingly, not on the basis of "who you know" who you went to "University with" who you play golf with and who comes to dinner.

I hope Dr Barton lives a long time, so that every day she can remember the dead patients she left at GWMH.

That is of course supposing she has a conscience at all.