A Tyneside doctor could be struck off – for allegedly ‘throwing a cup’.
Dr Richard Fielding is a Consultant Nephrologist who helps treat patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.
But the experienced doctor faces being hauled to a misconduct hearing after he was cautioned by police.
ChronicleLive understands it relates to an alleged incident in which a cup struck someone, which sparked an investigation by the General Medical Council.
That lead to a referral to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Hearing (MPTS) which will decide if Dr Fielding is fit to practise.
His employer, the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said it would be “inappropriate to comment”.
It also wouldn’t reveal if Dr Fielding had been suspended following the caution.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “On June 11, 2018 officers responded to a report of concern for welfare.
“A 48-year-old man was spoken to and given a caution for common assault.”
The MPTS website states he accepted the caution following a nine-day police investigation.
The watchdog will now investigate the claims at a three-day tribunal in Manchester starting on October 8.
The trust’s website states Dr Fielding is the clinical lead at the Peritoneal Dialysis Clinic which “specialises in the renal replacement therapy peritoneal dialysis in patients with end-stage kidney disease”.
That treatment offers frail patients the chance to be treated at home.
If Dr Fielding’s ability to practice is found to be impaired, he could face a raft of disposals. They include erasure from the medical register.
The General Medical Council’s register states Dr Fielding graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1993, and gained full registration a year later.