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Psychiatrist is struck off for dishonestly reporting interview to employment tribunal

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1585 (Published 03 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1585
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A consultant psychiatrist has been struck off the UK medical register after a tribunal found that she dishonestly wrote a false expert witness report and gave untrue evidence at an employment tribunal.

Jane McLennan, who worked in old age psychiatry for NHS Lothian in Edinburgh, also had an extensive private practice preparing expert witness reports. These included reports for claimants and for employers at employment tribunals.

In 2014 she was instructed by the Ministry of Justice to interview its former employee, Mr A, who was claiming that he had been unfairly dismissed on the grounds of a disability—in his case, depression.

In an interview of nearly two hours she took just three pages of notes, and she then waited three weeks before completing her report. The report purported to quote Mr A extensively, …

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