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Co Down doctor Hugh McGoldrick who falsified test results jailed for nine months and fined £10k

By John Cassidy

Published 24/06/2016

Dr Hugh McGoldrick during an earlier court hearing
Dr Hugh McGoldrick during an earlier court hearing

A Co Down doctor who falsified clinical test results has been jailed for nine months and fined £10,000 in the first prosecution of its kind.

Jailing Dr Hugh McGoldrick at Downpatrick Crown Court, Judge Piers Grant told him that "you have shown no remorse for what your did''.

In April the 59-year old, from Crossgar Road East, Downpatrick, admitted two charges, that on dates between November 2007 and June 2008 he "conducted a clinical trial relating to the efficacy and safety of 2mg per day of M100907 on Sleep Maintenance Insomnia'' 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, over 30 years in his Pound Lane practice, had behaved “out of character” during the clinical trial, just one of 24 he had undertaken over a four year period.

Passing sentence today, Judge Grant said: "These are serious admissions and there is a high degree of culpability on your part''

He added that it was a "serious breach of trust'' which had been placed in him as a medical practitioner to carry out the medical research and also that of his patients.

Judge Grant stressed that "none of the patients'' on McGoldrick's trial for insomnia "had suffered as a result of these offences''.

He told McGoldrick: "Your only sorrow concerns the fact that you were caught.''

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