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.

Doctor suspended after ‘coercing’ elderly patient into gifting £188,000

Post Thumbnail

A doctor has been suspended after a tribunal found she had committed a series of infractions by “pulling on the heartstrings” of an elderly patient to receive cash worth nearly £200,000.

Dr Andrea McFarlane, originally from Peterculter, pocketed £600 a month from a retired teacher by telling her all about the financial hardships of her home life between 2008 and 2014.

On July 8, 2011, a payment of £55,000 was made, and the 54-year-old admitted receiving a total of £188,00 from the woman.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has now suspended her for 12 months for her actions following a nine-day misconduct hearing.

The GP – who had been going through a divorce – used the cash to pay for household repairs, a birthday present to herself, fixing her car and on petrol to take her sons to rugby matches.

The payments only came to light in 2017 after the patient, who is now 87, suffered a stroke and was moved to a care home.

The pensioner’s nephew discovered dozens of thank you cards and letters from Dr McFarlane when he cleaned her house.

Dr McFarlane denied she received gifts “because of her influence on the patient”, but expert witness Dr Georgina Grown told the misconduct hearing that Dr McFarlane “coerced” the pensioner.

Dr Brown said: “In saying how she could not have coped without the money, this was coercing the patient to give money by almost pulling on the heartstrings of the elderly patient.

“In the letter she said ‘without your help, I would not have managed to get a new cooker without difficulties’ “.

Dr Macfarlane, who gained her medical degree at Aberdeen University in 1989, was working in Nottinghamshire at the time of the incidents.

The panel has heard Dr McFarlane met the patient in 2003 while senior partner at The Crown House Surgery in Retford.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]