June 7, 2019 11.11 am This story is over 29 months old

Doctor’s fitness to practise ‘impaired’ after attacking wife

Argument over pet dog led to the assault

A doctor who admitted assaulting his wife in an argument about the family dog has been told that his fitness to practise has been ‘impaired’.

Dr David Roscoe, 41, grabbed his wife Louise and pushed her out of their home following an argument over the family dog’s poo.

He was later arrested and convicted of common assault before Roscoe was given a conditional discharge for 18 months at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court in March last year.

Roscoe then referred himself to the General Medical Council (GMC) for a disciplinary hearing.

The GMC investigates doctors and brought the case against Roscoe to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

The MPTS has now found that the doctor’s fitness to practise is impaired. It also determined that it was not necessary to take any further action of the matter.

A doctor whose conduct has shown that he cannot justify the trust placed in them should not continue in unrestricted practice.

— Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly cited Dr Roscue as being told he is ‘not fit to practise,’ when in fact he has been told that his fitness to practise has been ‘impaired’. With apologies, the story has been corrected to reflect that.

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