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A podiatrist wrote to my GP stating that "police were called to remove me from my GP surgery due to accusations of threatening behaviour towards staff. I will not accept such aggressive behaviour from you." This accusation was made by a lady GP i attended who was experiencing a psychotic episode and following a written complaint from me i received a full apology from the GP head of practice. Police were not called and it was all dealt with within the surgery. Shorty after the incident the lady GP was admitted to the Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen for treatment for mental disorder. Although now retired and 69 years of age, previous to this I undertook work for the surgery as a psychoanalyst and this causes me considerable embarrassment. There is paperwork to support my complaint to the surgery and a record of my meeting with the head of practice. There is no record of the police being called or involved in the surgery's records. The head of practice apologised to me verbally when we met. The incident took place in 2005. Please advise me whether i have a good case for defamation of character and what settlement I should pursue.
Nigel John Frostwick
Thank you for your reply. I have no difference with the lady GP from 2005 for which I received, and accepted, an apology. It is the podiatrist who wrote to my GP practice on the 10th July, 2013 setting out the statement I set out in quotes in my previous email to you and against whom I am alleging defamation of character. I think you may have got a little confused. So presumably I do have a case? How do I put a figure on the damage or will a court do that? Do a need a specialist lawyer for this type of work.
If I take this podiatrist to court for defamation of character and win my claim will he have to pay all my legal/court costs involved in this?