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Crossgar GP Hugh McGoldrick accused of falsifying clinical trial and facilitating arson

Published 30/06/2015

A doctor from Craigavon Area Hospital has been suspended while police investigate allegations against him
A doctor from Craigavon Area Hospital has been suspended while police investigate allegations against him

A Co Down doctor has been ordered to stand trial accused of falsifying a clinical trial on patients and facilitating two arson attacks on where the records were kept.

Committing 58-year-old GP Hugh McGoldrick to the Crown Court for trial, District Judge Peter King said that the allegations of fraud were “career ending”.

The judge at Downpatrick magistrates’ court added: “There were documents which may have supported those allegations.

“Those documents were in buildings which were subject to fire.”

He said the two fires at the surgery had to be seen in the context of the other charges against Dr McGoldrick.

McGoldrick, from Crossgar Road East in Crossgar, is to stand trial on two counts of conducting a clinical trial in contravention of regulations.

He also faces four of fraud by false representation “to make a gain for yourself or cause loss to another” on various dates between November 27, 2007, and June 30, 2008.

The GP was also ordered to stand trial on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice in that he allegedly “facilitated the attempted destruction of clinical records and documentation associated with clinical trials you were involved in conducting for Sanofi Aventis UK held at Pound Lane Clinic, Downpatrick” on November 9 and 18, 2008.

McGoldrick denies all eight of the charges against him.

Judge King said that he was satisfied there was a prima facie case against McGoldrick.

Releasing the GP on his own bail of £500, Judge King ordered him to appear before the Crown Court on August 26 for his arraignment.

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