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Drunken shame of doctor who faces the sack

‘Ashamed’: Dr Roisin Hamilton leaving the hearing. She has blamed her behaviour on alcohol addiction PICTURE: CAVENDISH

AN NHS doctor convicted of a succession of violent drunken incidents was yesterday facing a battle to save her medical career.

Dr Roisin Hamilton, 38, told a disciplinary panel that she was ‘mortified and ashamed’ of her actions which included attacks on police, airport staff and her own husband over a three-year period.

She has been suspended from practising since October over a string of incidents, including a drink-driving offence in which she crashed her car while almost five times the alcohol limit.

The panel was told that, in 2016, Hamilton threw scalding coffee over a Glasgow Airport worker and shouted ‘f*** off, I’ll kill you’ at staff after she got drunk on vodka when her plane was delayed by three hours.

In another incident that year, police were called to the doctor’s home near Glasgow when her estranged husband was forced to shut himself inside the property due to her violent behaviour.

In February 2018, after police arrested her at the opening of a shopping mall in Newry, Northern Ireland, Hamilton dug her fingernails into one officer’s arm and shouted ‘f*** you’ before repeatedly punching a WPC.

The doctor had to be restrained in handcuffs as shoppers and children watched, said Susanna Kitzing, lawyer for the General Medical Council, which is seeking to have the mother-of-two struck off for misconduct.

Hamilton, of Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, blamed her behaviour on a long-standing addiction to alcohol. The medical practitioners tribunal service hearing in Manchester continues.