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Psychiatrist who was in rush-hour car crash after drinking 3 bottles of wine is allowed to keep job

A psychiatrist who downed three bottles of wine before a head-on crash has been allowed to keep her job after she was deemed 'no risk' to patients.

Dr Deborah Staite, 50, was uninsured and did not even have a driving licence at the time of the collision in 2020.

She had failed to renew it after serving a previous ban for drink-driving, a tribunal heard.

The mother of two blamed her offending on 'work-related stress' plus 'challenging events' at home and 'exceptionally stressful events' in her past.

She was allowed to continue working under supervision, despite the General Medical Council calling for 'action to be taken'.

Dr Deborah Staite, 50, a psychiatrist in Stroud, Gloucestershire, has been allowed to keep her job, despite getting behind the wheel after downing three bottles of wine and causing a head-on crash

GMC lawyer Laura Barbour told a hearing of the medical practitioners' tribunal service: 'The public are entitled to assume that the doctor treating them abides by the law.

'This is a case where the doctor's conduct was so serious that action must be taken to protect members of the public and maintain confidence in the profession.

'There is a risk of repetition.'

In a plea to retain her job, Staite, a senior speciality doctor for Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: 'I am deeply ashamed of my actions.'

Staite, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, smashed her Vauxhall Viva into a Skoda during the rush hour at 5.30pm on January 21, 2020, in Stroud.

She failed a breath test with reading of 116 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

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