Doctor jailed for logging fake patient test results; Court hears 'no remorse shown'.
Byline: JOHN CASSIDY
A DOCTOR was sent to prison yesterday for falsifying clinical test results.
Jailing Dr Hugh McGoldrick for nine months, Judge Piers Grant told him "you have shown no remorse for what you did".
He was also fined PS10,000 in the first prosecution of its kind.
In April, the 59-year-old, from Crossgar Road East, Downpatrick, admitted two charges of "conducted a clinical trial relating to the efficacy and safety of 2mg per day of M100907 on Sleep Maintenance Insomnia".
They relate to dates between November 2007 and June 2008 in breach of the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004.
His defence QC Frank O'Donoghue told Downpatrick Crown Court the GP, with more than 30 years in his Pound Lane practice, had behaved "out of character".
The clinical trial was just one of 24 he had undertaken over a four-year period.
However, Mr O'Donoghue emphasised that McGoldrick had not undertaken the clinical trial - worth more than PS20,000 upon completion - for financial gain.
The lawyer added outstanding monies, of around PS9,200 he received had now been lodged with his legal team for repayment. He also submitted had he made early admissions about the irregularities the former GP may have avoided criminal proceedings "and the total erosion of re putation that has gone with this."
Mr O Donoghue said: "He has lost his career, he has lost his reputation, he has had to deal with the publicity and the speculation of the community about the extent of his wrongdoing."
When directly asked by Judge Grant if McGoldrick had made up the submitted phoneline results, Mr O'Donoghue replied: "That is right, that is what he had pleaded to and has accepted."
The court was told that alarm bells were raised in 2008 during an audit when a strange pattern of phone calls was revealed.
The judge stressed none of the "patients'' on McGoldrick's trial for insomnia "had suffered as a result of these offences".
He added that the breach of trust and the doctor's response to it "requires a custodial sentence".
TESTS Hugh McGoldrick