A Dundee doctor who was convicted of assault is to face a tribunal that will examine his fitness to continue practising in the health sector.
Dr Cathal Steele, a one-time lead doctor at Ninewells Hospital’s department of immunology, will face a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) hearing later this month.
The inquiry will investigate whether Dr Steele’s ability to practise has been compromised after he was convicted of an assault on two people on April 10 last year at Dundee Sheriff Court, for which he was later allowed to walk free.
The MPTS – part of the General Medical Council (GMC) – will hear from Dr Steele at its headquarters in Manchester on February 25, 26 and 27.
The GMC code of conduct, which doctors are required to adhere to, includes a condition that they are seen to be “trustworthy and acting with integrity and within the law”.
A statement from the watchdog said: “The tribunal will inquire into the allegation that on April 10 2018, at Dundee Sheriff Court, Dr Steele was convicted of an assault on two persons, and that on May 8 2018, in respect of these convictions, he was dismissed with an admonition.”
Dr Steele’s ability to practise was restricted in February last year when the GMC launched its own investigation into his conduct.
He has been restricted to working within the NHS, and must inform the GMC of any changes to his circumstances.
He must also inform all relevant managers of the fact that he is under investigation.
Dr Steele graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2002 and last had his registration to practise as a doctor renewed in 2009. A specialist in immunology, he is cited in at least 11 research papers on the topic.
Following his hearing later this month, the MPTS may choose to impose sanctions on his registration.
These sanctions can include restrictions on his ability to practise, suspending his registration or removing his name from the register altogether.
A spokeswoman for NHS Tayside said: “We are unable to comment on matters relating to any individual member of staff.”
Dr Steele did not respond to a request for comment.