Gosport doctor removed from medical register

Dr Jane Barton
Dr Jane Barton

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THE doctor at the centre of patients’ deaths at Gosport War Memorial Hospital has been removed from the medical register.

Dr Jane Barton voluntarily applied to the General Medical Council (GMC) to have her name removed from the register last month.

The relatives of patients who died under her care were then invited to give their views on her asking to be removed. They have since received letters confirming her application has been accepted – which means she will no longer be able practice as a GP in the UK.

Iain Wilson, whose 74-year-old father Robert died at the hospital in 1998, said: ‘Obviously I’m glad she’s now off the register, but I would still like to know why she suddenly asked to be removed.’

Gillian MacKenzie, whose 91-year-old mother Gladys Richards died at the hospital in 1998, said: ‘I’m delighted the GMC has done the right thing at last.’

Last year a GMC panel found Dr Barton guilty of multiple instances of serious professional misconduct relating to the treatment of patients who died after being given palliative care drugs. But the Crown Prosecution Service said it would not pursue any criminal charges.