Alex Massie

Department of Common-Sense

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Sometimes the news isn't terrible:

A doctor caught with 14 ecstasy tablets at a music festival has been allowed to keep his licence to practise.

A General Medical Council panel told Dr Fraser Gibb they were satisfied he only used drugs to enhance his life and not to "prop it up".

However, it found him guilty of misconduct and imposed conditions on his licence over the next 18 months.

But suppose Dr Gibb were popping the occasional pill to "prop-up" his life? Why would that be an affront to civilised society and all that's sweet and wholesome on this planet?

After all:

Colleagues at Dumfries and Galloway NHS Trust said the locum consultant psychiatrist at Crichton Royal Hospital was an asset to the trust and preventing him from working would not serve any purpose for patients.

This would, presumably, continue to be the case if Dr Gibb continued to take E while attending music festivals. Function seems rather more important than form in this, or any other drugs-related, case.

Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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