GMC probing doctors’ care of two Dundee men who took their own lives

An investigation has been launched into the practice of doctors who cared for two Dundee suicide victims shortly before they died.

The General Medical Council (GMC) investigations centre on the care of Dale Thomson, 28, and David Ramsay, 50, who both took their own lives after visiting Dundee’s Carseview psychiatric centre.

Dale Thomson
David Ramsay

Mr Thomson took his own life after discharging himself from the centre in 2015, while Mr Ramsay killed himself after allegedly being turned away from the same centre the next year.

A public outcry surrounding the deaths led NHS Tayside to launch an independent inquiry into its mental health services.

The GMC, which maintains the official register of medical practitioners in the UK, has launched its own investigation after “reviewing information in the press”.

The medical staff involved have not yet been named, but Mr Ramsay’s family received a letter from the organisation confirming the probe, while Mr Thomson’s relatives have also been contacted.

Mr Ramsay’s niece Gillian Murray said: “We absolutely welcome this investigation. We’ve been saying for the past two years it’s clear that the staff involved with David’s care failed him.”

After twice allegedly being turned away from Carseview, he was found dead at Templeton Woods four days later, on October 9 2016.

Mr Thomson turned to Carseview for help after barricading himself inside his flat in January 2015.

He was allowed to leave the centre and was found dead in his Charleston home just over two weeks later by his mother Mandy McLaren.

A spokesman for the GMC said the organisation would not comment on any ongoing investigations into individual doctors.