Patient acquitted on insanity after stabbing female GP

A patient who repeatedly stabbed a Glasgow GP has been acquitted on the grounds of insanity.

Richard Vautrey
Richard Vautrey

Ian McGregor, 62, has been detained in a secure hospital for three months, and is awaiting further assessment.

Mr McGregor attacked Dr Helen Jackson in her surgery in Hyndland Road last August, after accusing her of lying about his condition.

He told Dr Jackson that he had not been properly treated for an ingrowing toe nail.

When she told him she could no longer be his GP and made to end the consultation, he said, ‘This is your end', before starting to stab her with a knife.

Dr Jackson was rescued by other staff, after her screams alerted other them to the attack. A second patient restrained Mr McGregor until the police could arrive.

After the court case Dr Richard Vautrey, deputy GPC chairman, said that it highlighted the risks GPs would run if forced to work alone to qualify for England's extended hours DES.

‘We've said repeatedly that doctors working on their own are extremely vulnerable to attack - particularly in the evenings,' he said.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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