Osteopath case dismissed at half time on allegations of Class A drug and alcohol use whilst at work.

A receptionist at an osteopathic practice who had been sacked complained to the General Osteopathic Council that the principal osteopath was treating patients whilst under the influence of alcohol and or drugs.

This was clearly a very serious allegation made by a previous member of staff which if found proved would have inevitably resulted in erasure from the register.

After cross-examining the complainant and at the close of the Council’s case, the barrister Jonathan Goldring instructed by Paul Grant of BSG solicitors made an application that the case should be dismissed without hearing from the osteopath as the evidence was so unreliable and weak.

The application was successful and the case was dismissed.