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GPhC warns pharmacist for assaulting wife

The GPhC accepted Mr Ellison had reported his caution to the police and was "remorseful"

Jamie Ellison, registration number 2064220, was in 2013 cautioned by police for pushing his wife during an argument

A pharmacist has received a warning from the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) for assaulting his wife.

Jamie Ellison, registration number 2064220, received a police caution in September 2013 after he admitted to pushing his wife during a dispute, the GPhC heard at a fitness-to-practise hearing on March 9. He had appeared to “blame his wife’s personality” for the incident at the time, although Mrs Ellison had chosen not to press charges, the GPhC heard.

The regulator accepted Mr Ellison had reported the police caution to the GPhC within the required amount of time, and was “remorseful” for his actions. It was “significant” that Mr Ellison had apologised to his wife, and appeared to understand it was never acceptable to act in a violent way, it said.

Police were called to Mr Ellison’s home in the early hours of the morning following a telephone call from his wife, the regulator heard. Mr Ellison was arrested and - after being interviewed - he was cautioned for the offence of “assault by beating”, the GPhC heard.

However, Mrs Ellison did not want the police to prosecute her husband, the regulator heard. Mr Ellison returned to the family home after the incident and remained living there until he separated from his wife two months later, it heard.

The regulator noted that Mr Ellison had sought counselling after the incident and his counsellors had decided that further sessions were not required. It recognised that Mr Ellison had been drunk when he pushed his wife, but said it had found no indication of a more general habit of alcohol abuse.

There was “no reason to doubt” Mr Ellison was a competent pharmacist, and his employer had described him as “hard working and professional”, the GPhC said. It described the event as a “one-off incident that arose in very specific circumstances”, and concluded that it was unlikely Mr Ellison would act in the same way again.

The regulator stressed that domestic violence was a “very serious offence and should be recognised as intolerable behaviour”, but decided that suspending Mr Ellison was “not necessary and would be disproportionate” to his actions. It decided to issue Mr Ellison with a warning that would remain on his record for two years. 

Read the full ruling here.

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Ghulam Yakoob, Pre-reg graduate

Gphc is a joke. It's making it harder for pre regs to pass the exam because apparently there are way too many pharmacists in this country yet it only give 3 month bands or few slaps on the back of the hand for wife beaters and cannabis sellers. Wow where are the standards. Hoe do you expect to further pharmacy profession??? by letting too many unis open pharmacy schools, allowing thousands of pharmacists from abroad, and being too lenient on pharmacists that have no idea what the code of conducts are. Finally don't forget to have no standards across the board for poor pre-regs who are being used as slaves.

Nat Mitchell, Community pharmacist

Jeremy Clarkson works (or worked) for the BBC. Massive difference.

Lancelot Spratt, Accuracy checking technician

Violence is violence whoever your employer is.

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

in most jobs what happens in your personal life tends not to affect your employment or ability to earn for the rest of your life.......if a banker has a domestic their career would never be put on the line.Jerenmy clarkson can not be compared to clarkson hit a fellow employee, that is the difference.....just like if you hit a co-worker....the result would be immediate dismissal..... now...if clarkson hit a complete stranger in pub....then giving him the sack would be a harder thing to do......the courts would have to deal with this case and the employer wouldnt nessarily have to be involved.

Lancelot Spratt, Accuracy checking technician

What if his wife was a fellow employee? Would it stop being a trivial offence then?

John Randell, Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

Its not a trivial offence,,,the point is pharmacist are expected to be moral saints. Or risk losing it all...all it takes is for someone to see you acting like an idiot on a ladscmight out...and report you to the gphc and thats ur job if u are an accountant on a naughty night out ur job security wouldn't be even discussed.

Lancelot Spratt, Accuracy checking technician

this comes with being a professional. You are believed to have a good moral compass.

geoffrey gardener, Community pharmacist

What a waste of our money. Violence domestic or otherwise is never a good thing. Mr Ellison wasn't even charged, did the right thing By seekin counselling, got a good report from his employer etc., so why not a visit from a "friendly" inspector followed by a letter, instead of the stress of a hearing which has served no other purpose than to help swell the bulging coffers of our legal friends!

London Locum, Locum pharmacist

That'll teach him !

Gerry Diamond, Primary care pharmacist

Well, it's not good as domestic violence is intolerable, but I hope that the couple have resolved their issue.

Paul Dishman, Pharmaceutical Adviser

Just as well Jeremy Clarkson isn't a pharmacist

Lancelot Spratt, Accuracy checking technician

Why? Clarkson got sacked, the pharmacist got off with a slap on the wrist. Seems the BBC has a stronger revulsion for violence than the GPhC.

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