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Junior doctor blames drunken rampage at a party on working 80-hour week

A junior doctor who gate crashed a party and went on a drunken rampage including biting a female police officer could lose his job after being hauled before health chiefs.

Dr Gareth Byrne, 25, arrived uninvited at the house – which he previously lived in – after drinking two bottles of red wine and attacked two strangers, headbutting one three times and biting the other.

A medical tribunal heard he launched his attack after the revellers tried to eject him from the party in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and shouted ‘I’m a doctor – don’t you know who I am?’. When police arrived he attacked a female officer.

Byrne, a Foundation Year One doctor, later said he was ‘paralytic’ and ‘ten out ten drunk’ and blamed the incident on working an 80-hour week at Royal Stoke Hospital.

He claimed he was one of a ‘large number of junior doctors who are suffering on a daily basis’ and claimed he had endured a ‘particular stressful week.’

In June last year, Byrne pleaded guilty to two offences of assault by beating and two offences of assaulting a police officer and was fined £1,686 and ordered to pay compensation of £600.

This week he faces a disciplinary hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service where he could be struck off for misconduct.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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