Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

North-east doctor could be struck off after neglecting children in his care

Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

An Aberdeenshire doctor faces being struck off after “wilfully neglecting” children in his care by forcing them to live in a house strewn with rubbish and animal faeces.

The doctor, 49, and his 35-year-old partner appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday, after admitting a catalogue of failings when it came to looking after the youngsters.

But the medic blamed “burnout” caused by his career for the state of their home, claiming that he had been working “60-hour weeks” for 18 months.

Sheriff Morag McLaughlin agreed to defer sentence for six months.

The pair admitted a charge of “wilfully neglecting children in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering or injury to health”.

They pleaded guilty to causing their home to be “dirty and unhygienic” by leaving rubbish lying around, leaving items of old food out and “causing food and animal faeces to be left on the floor”.

The pair also admitted failing to provide sanitary bedding and leaving cutlery and dirty dishes on the floor.

Lawyer, Gail Goodfellow, said the “thoroughly ashamed” doctor had been suffering from a medical condition known as “burnout”, which is brought on by job stress.

She added: “He began training in 2010 and did not complete it until earlier this year.

“He was working 60 hours a week for 18 months and little attention was given to the tidiness of the home, which he admits was totally unacceptable.

“The General Medical Council has indicated that whether or not he will be able to continue as a doctor will depend on the severity of the sentence.”

The solicitor added that his co-accused suffered from her own health and mobility problems.

Already a subscriber? Sign in