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Doctor who stalked ex-partner struck off medical register

Updated: Oct 2, 2023


By Sky News - 28.09.2023 - [UK] - [Gary Lucitt] A doctor who was convicted of stalking his ex-partner has been struck off the medical register.

Dr Gary Lucitt, who was a specialist trainee in obstetrics and gynaecology, also sent various threatening messages - including to his victim's ex-husband - in Swansea in May 2018.


He was jailed for 16 weeks in 2019 and given a five-year restraining order after pleading guilty to stalking without alarm or distress.


On Thursday, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) considered Lucitt had "brought the profession into disrepute" and ruled to remove him from the register.


"The tribunal concluded that behaviour such as this breached a fundamental tenet of the profession, namely that doctors should be trustworthy, and act with integrity and within the law," the tribunal panel wrote in a report.


"The tribunal further concluded that by his actions and subsequent conviction, Dr Lucitt has brought the profession into disrepute."


Lucitt has not shown "any evidence of remorse", according to the tribunal, adding the material he had provided in his defence "focused on the impact his conviction has had upon himself". The General Medical Council (GMC) argued Lucitt has taken "no responsibility for his actions" and "continues to blame others", effectively arguing he is the "victim of a campaign to end his career".

The tribunal also reflected on the impact statement Lucitt's victim, known only as Mrs E, gave in June 2018, in which she said had been "frightened" and "terrified".


"There has been no recognition of the impact of his behaviour that led to the conviction on Ms E or public confidence in the profession," the report added. The tribunal also referred to a code for good medical practice, which states good doctors "are honest and trustworthy" and "act with integrity and within the law".

It concluded: "[It] is in the public interest to make an order suspending Dr Lucitt's registration with immediate effect, to protect the public, uphold and maintain professional standards and maintain public confidence in the profession."


Lucitt will be formally struck off in 28 days and is suspended in the meantime. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact Dignity4Patients, whose helpline is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm.

 
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