NHS doctor jailed for beating nurses and police loses bid to get his job back

A doctor who assaulted nurses and police as his life spiraled out of control during his alcohol addiction has lost his appeal to return to work. Karen Clark went from being a top A&E specialist to being disbarred due to her alcoholism and resulting violence. She has now been suspended from practicing medicine for a further 12 months following a ruling by the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service (MPTS).

As her life spiraled out of control, she attacked four nurses trying to treat her at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock. She also assaulted police offices, was found drunk driving her car and in possession of cocaine.

Clark was working as a senior registrar in the emergency department at Glasgow Royal Infirmary when her life spiraled out of control. She was jailed for a total of nine months at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court in April 2015. The prison sentence was imposed after she admitted to assaulting the four nurses and four police officers in separate incidents in July 2014. She has also pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening and abusive behavior in April 2014, GlasgowLive reported.

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In November 2017, she was jailed for eight months for breaking community reimbursement orders imposed for theft and burglary and a sheriff warned her that she would eventually die if she did not fix her drinking problem. The MPTS initially suspended her in 2016 and her request to be cleared to return to medicine was thwarted last year when it was extended for seven months after a review hearing ruled her fitness to practice. remained altered.

And after yet another hearing last Friday, the MPTS agreed to extend its suspension for another year. The doctor has previously detailed her struggle with alcohol addiction in a blog titled “Karen Clark: A Young Female Doctor Shares Her Journey To Recovery From Addiction.” She described how she became addicted to alcohol in her twenties and went through periods of drug addiction after her life began to spiral out of control.

She wrote: “I am Karen. I am an alcoholic and most likely a drug addict. My substance of choice is alcohol. It has taken me to a place I can only describe as hell.

“I’m a doctor (emergency medicine). I discovered alcohol when I was 15. I can only describe taking that first sip as the most incredible euphoric feeling I thought possible.

“My alcoholism really took off in my twenties. I’ve been functioning for a long time. Over the past year I’ve had accidents, horribly compromising situations, had countless hospital rehabs .”

Clark graduated in medicine from the University of Dundee in 2006 and has worked at several other NHS hospitals in Glasgow, Dumfries and Ayrshire during her career.

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