March 26, 2021
Alexander Wootton: Glasgow doctor struck off for lying about probe into performance
By Jack Haugh
A DOCTOR has been struck off for lying about an investigation into his performance.
Alexander Wootton repeatedly failed to disclose a probe while working as a consultant psychiatrist in Glasgow’s health board.
The learning disability specialist was hauled in front of a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) trial earlier this month and removed from the Medical Register to “protect confidence” in the profession.
Wootton first came to the attention of the General Medical Council (GMC) in April 2018 after NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde bosses raised concerns about him. However, he didn’t admit this when filling in an online appraisal form two months later and on multiple occasions thereafter.
During several meetings with supervisors – known only as Dr A and Dr B – Wootton, who qualified in 1999, hid the probe from his bosses.
Following an investigation, MPTS chiefs decided he was likely to repeat his behaviour and that he “lacked integrity” as they ruled against him.
MPTS tribunal chair Neil Mercer said: “The tribunal having found that the facts found proved amounted to misconduct, went on to consider whether, as a result of that misconduct, Dr Wootton’s fitness to practise is currently impaired.
“The tribunal noted that there is no evidence of insight. The tribunal considered Dr Wootton’s brief email response to the allegation, but finds that this attempts to deflect the issue away from his dishonesty to what he perceives to be a breach of his privacy.
“This underlines the absence of meaningful insight.
“Given Dr Wootton’s lack of insight and remediation, the tribunal could not be satisfied that Dr Wootton would not repeat his actions in the future.”
He added: “The tribunal found Dr Wootton’s actions demonstrated his lack of integrity and lack of candour.
“Therefore, the tribunal found that Dr Wootton breached fundamental tenets of the profession and has brought the profession into disrepute, thus undermining public confidence in the profession.
“In all of the circumstances, the tribunal determined that Dr Wootton’s fitness to practice is impaired by reason of misconduct.
“It determined that such a finding is necessary in order to promote and maintain public confidence in the medical profession.”
An NHS GGC spokesman said: “Alexander Wootton left the employment of NHS GGC in 2019.”