‘Misconduct’ claim doctor defends himself

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A SHEFFIELD-based doctor accused of misconduct has cross-examined the man who lodged a complaint against him.

Dr Tony Livesey, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, is accused of undermining the mental stability of a girl he discharged just a few days before she tried to kill herself at school.

A ‘Fitness to Practise’ disciplinary hearing was told the teenage girl was discharged from Oakwood Young People’s Centre in Sheffield - a specialist mental health unit run by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust - at short notice and not in line with her long-term care plan.

The girl’s father accused the doctor of being “flippant”, “unprofessional” and “rude” during their meetings. Dr Livesey’s relationship with the girl’s parents is said to have deteriorated before her discharge from the unit.

During cross-examination the doctor, who denies misconduct, accused the girl’s father of putting his own feelings before his daughter.

Dr Livesey suggested the father had become frustrated when he did not get the outcome he wanted for his daughter when he wanted her admitted immediately after an earlier suicide bid.

Dr Livesey said: “Can I suggest you grew increasingly angry and were determined to put me down at any opportunity. You did not seek solutions, you sought confrontations. Your daughter’s needs slipped into second place.”

The girl’s father replied: “Absolutely not. You let your personal feelings about me get in the way of the care of our daughter.”

The hearing continues.