Trust may not discipline psychiatrist who gave leave to schizophrenic patient, court saysBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1878 (Published 01 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1878
- Clare Dyer
A consultant forensic psychiatrist has scored a decisive victory in a long running attempt by her employers to discipline her over an incident in which a paranoid schizophrenic absconded and killed a banker.
Three appeal court judges have upheld a High Court injunction granted last year restraining South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust from disciplining Gillian Mezey.
John Hendy QC, who represented Dr Mezey, said the appeal court judgment, which analyses the triggers for Department of Health disciplinary procedures, was an important one for NHS hospital doctors.
Lord Justice Ward said the backdrop to the appeal was “a terrible tragedy” in 2004, when John Barrett, a voluntary patient on a secure ward at Springfield Hospital, absconded from …