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High-flying junior doc keeps job after drink-driving twice

Remorseful’: Dr Lauren Fowler PICTURE: CAVENDISH

A ‘PROMISING’ junior doctor who was twice arrested for drink-driving has been allowed to keep her job.

Dr Lauren Fowler blamed the ‘stress’ of her studies when she crashed her Ford Ka after drinking two bottles of wine at a lunch with friends in Manchester in October last year, months after her graduation from Imperial College London.

The 25-year-old, who was shortlisted for a UK Scientist of the Year award for research in 2011, was found ‘swearing and slurring her words’ after she was stopped in an area busy with pedestrians, Stockport magistrates were told.

Fowler was stopped again on December 9 after drinking half a bottle of vodka and colliding with another vehicle while leaving a hotel car park near her family’s home in Styal, Cheshire.

Tests showed she was more than three times the drink-drive limit. She received a three-year driving ban and a suspended jail term after magistrates heard she had stopped drinking.

This week, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal panel in Manchester was told the ‘very remorseful’ first-year doctor had exceeded expectations in her work, ‘which posed no risk to patients’.

Allowing her to continue working under supervision for the next 20 months, panel chairman Gillian Temple-Bone said: ‘The punitive effect of a more serious sanction such as suspension would be disproportionate.’