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


The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that in 2011 Dr Dighton failed to obtain an adequate medical history from Patient A, prescribed medication for the patient which was not clinically indicated and failed to inform the patient’s GP that he had issued the patient with the prescription. 

It is further alleged that on one or more occasions between 2011 and 2016 Dr Dighton prescribed medications for Patient A and failed to inform the patient’s GP that he had prescribed the medications. It is also alleged that Dr Dighton failed to obtain an adequate medical history, did not adequately assess and examine the patient or implement an adequate and appropriate treatment plan or inform their GP about the medications he had prescribed. It is further alleged that prescriptions for certain medications were excessive. It is alleged that in 2017 Dr Dighton failed to keep an adequate record of the medications prescribed for the patient and the reasons for them and that he did not keep an adequate record of all his interactions with the patient.


This reflects the allegation as it stands at the start of the hearing. The allegation may be amended as the hearing proceeds and when findings of fact are made by the tribunal.


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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.