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TOGA PARTY DEATH DOC IS STRUCK OFF; He lied after drugs and booze orgy.

Byline: By Paula Murray

A PSYCHIATRIST who hosted a wild toga party where a guest died from a drugs overdose has been kicked out of the profession.

Dr Clint Tatchell, a psychiatrist specialising in addiction, found accountant David Steel, 30, dead in his bed and then hurriedly tidied his luxury Glasgow flat before police arrived.

Detectives later found Mr Steel had taken a lethal drugs cocktail, including ecstasy, heroin, cocaine and diazepam tablets, during the three day party in September 2003.

Tatchell, who worked for Greater Glasgow NHS, prescribed a drunken flatmate, Brian Hoolichan, 28, diazepam tablets and drove another friend to a nearby pharmacy to collect the sedative.

The General Medical Council heard how gay friends of the 37-year-old doctor had posed in Roman togas during a booze and drugs orgy at his riverside flat in Port Dundas, Glasgow.

The party had been in full swing for more than 24 hours when one of the guests discovered Mr Steel - a former Mr Gay Glasgow and Mr Gay Scotland runner-up - lying dead in the doctor's bed.

GMC chairman Ralph Bergmann said Tatchell's "extensive and wide-ranging misconduc " made him incompatible with being a doctor.

Mr Bergmann said: "He has repeatedly and persistently lied to the police and then to the panel and his misconduct has been reprehensible and without remorse."

Dafydd Enoch for the GMC said it was clear Tatchell got hold of the diazepam for the other revellers to use as a party drug on the night of the fatal overdose - then covered his tracks.

Mr Enoch said: "They had been swimming, changing into togas, taking photos, people crashing out for a bit and waking up, a bit more drink being bought, everybody smoking. You might have thought that the police would have come in the door and said: 'Oh, my goodness, what's been going on here'.

"But nothing of it - it was tidy. It had all been cleaned up.

"Why? What did Dr Tatchell have to hide?"

Tatchell denied having any knowledge of drug-taking at the party and claimed he was the victim of a "witch hunt".

The psychiatrist trained in Johannesburg but is now thought to be registered in Tadworth, Surrey.

He practised in addiction psychiatry for NHS Greater Glasgow between May 2003 and July 2004.

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