Friday 15th November 2019.
Dear Professor Crichton,
Subject: Dr Peter J Gordon, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults (early retirement)
As you will be aware I have decided to retire early from Medicine. I am not yet 52 years old and will retire fully with a considerably reduced pension.
This morning, I have had a conversation with the Associate Medical Director with whom you raised concerns on the telephone last year. I now have a clearer idea of what you said to the Associate Medical Director of NHS West Lothian. I have decided to retire early from Psychiatry because – as Chair of RCPsych Scotland – you questioned, without knowing me or having ever worked with me, if I was a risk to patients. I understand your concern was that I may have been thought disordered and delusional. The Scottish Division of RCPsych also said this publicly in the Herald, 10 June 2019:
“All medical practitioners have a duty to protect patients and must raise concern about a colleague’s health if there is a patient safety concern.”
I remain of the view that you were putting College interests first. I do worry about the potential for patient harm if ethical, professional, open, questioning voices like mine are considered to be “difficult” [as RCPsych Scotland has described me in official documents] or perhaps even lacking in capacity due to speculation of some form of “mental disorder”.
To be clear, apart from withdrawal from SEROXAT I have never suffered from major mental illness.
I have shared this e-mail with our Consultant colleagues as I feel it is important and right to do so.
I wish you the very best.
Dr Peter J Gordon