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Evening Express
Struck-off Aberdeen doctor fails in bid to return to medical profession
by Dale Haslam
May 8, 2018

Psychiatrist Bartholomeus Lakeman

Psychiatrist Bartholomeus Lakeman

A doctor who lost his job working in Aberdeen has failed in an attempt to get back into the profession.

Dr Bartholomeus Lakeman was employed by NHS Grampian as a doctor in child and adolescent psychiatry in Aberdeen between 2004 and 2010.

He was struck off in 2012 after concerns were raised to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) that his low performance levels could put patient safety at risk.

Earlier this year, Dr Lakeman applied to the MPTS for permission to be put back on the register – and the outcome of a three-day hearing considering his application has now been published.

The tribunal’s chairman Neil Dalton said: “Dr Lakeman’s insight remained inadequate and there was insufficient evidence he had remediated his deficiencies and kept his skills and knowledge up to date.

“The tribunal decided patient safety could not be ensured, and public confidence in the profession would be seriously undermined if his restoration application was granted.”

In 2012, the MPTS considered Dr Lakeman after he sat 12 tests to assess his ability to perform key tasks competently in his role and scored below 25% in seven tests.

The report shows that, during the hearing, Dr Lakeman claimed there were “environmental difficulties” at NHS Grampian when he worked there and that he had developed insight since 2012.

The report said: “Dr Lakeman explained how his deficiencies had arisen and how he considered he had gained insight such that, going forward, he would be better equipped with the correct support, to deal with them more effectively.”

Mr Dalton acknowledged Dr Lakeman was taking some responsibility for his actions. He added: “The tribunal noted that during the past five years since his erasure, Dr Lakeman has not undertaken any relevant voluntary work, clinical attachments or job shadowing that might have helped towards his remediation.”

An NHS Grampian spokeswoman declined to comment.

Dr Lakeman was unavailable for comment.

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