Medical practitioners tribunal – New Hearing scheduled
Outcome on impairment
Hearing not yet held
Summary of outcome
Hearing not yet held
Type of case
Hearing date from
28 Oct 2019
Hearing date to
30 Oct 2019
Adjourned part-heard. Previously sat 25 Feb- 15 Mar 2019.
Location of hearing
St James’s Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 6FQ (get directions)
GMC reference number
Area of practice
Epping Forest

Pre hearing information


Dr Dighton admitted that between 1 November 2011 and 10 October 2016 he prescribed medication to Patient A and, in October 2016, failed to keep an adequate record in that he did not record his assessment and examination of Patient A. He admitted that in 2017 he issued prescriptions for co-proxamol, zolpidem and dihydrocodeine which were excessive in that the interval between one or more of the prescriptions was too short. Further, Dr Dighton admitted that, between 2011 and 2017, he failed to keep an adequate record in that he did not record any assessment of Patient A’s mental health and why medications were prescribed to Patient A.

The tribunal also has found that in 2011 Dr Dighton prescribed medication for Patient A which was not clinically indicated and failed to inform the patient’s GP that he had issued the prescriptions. The tribunal found that in October 2016 Dr Dighton failed to inform Patient A’s GP of the medications he was prescribing to her every two weeks and in December 2016 failed to inform Patient A’s GP about Patient A’s illness and the investigations he was performing. The tribunal also found that in 2017 Dr Dighton issued prescriptions without regularly assessing Patient A’s mental state and suicide risk, appropriately referring Patient A to mental health services or informing Patient A’s GP.

The tribunal found that Dr Dighton’s fitness to practise is impaired by reason of his misconduct.

The tribunal will reconvene to consider what sanction, if any, should be imposed on Dr Dighton’s registration. 


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Private hearings

In accordance with Rule 41(2) of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules 2004, the tribunal may decide to exclude the public from the proceedings or any part of the proceedings, where they consider that the circumstances of the case outweigh the public interest in holding the hearing in public.