Doc­tor failed to pro­duce re­port

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page -

A JUDGE has threat­ened to haul a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner be­fore the court and charge costs to so­lic­i­tors af­ter for fail­ing to pro­vide a med­i­cal re­port for a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing over a col­li­sion in Run­corn.

The de­fen­dant David Dean, 43, of All Saints View, Leeds, was due to find out his punishment for caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court on Wed­nes­day, in con­nec­tion with a crash on Dares­bury Ex­press­way in Run­corn on March 31.

De­spite the mat­ter hav­ing al­ready been ad­journed from a hear­ing on Novem­ber 16 for the doc­tor to pro­vide a re­port con­firm­ing the tim­ing of a di­ag­no­sis of sleep ap­noea, no re­port was to be found.

His Hon­our Judge Pa­trick Thomp­son ad­journed the case for en­quiries to be made into what had hap­pened to the re­port.

The court heard the let­ter re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion was on the doc­tor’s desk but he was not in at the time.

Judge Thomp­son ad­journed the case to Jan­uary 19 for men­tion with a re­quest for any con­fir­ma­tion that sen­tenc­ing could go ahead to be made by Jan­uary 12. The case fol­lowed a col­li­sion in­volv­ing a van and car re­ported to Cheshire po­lice at 6.14am on Thursday, March 31. Dares­bury Ex­press­way was shut in both di­rec­tions dur­ing the emer­gency re­sponse.

Judge Thomp­son slated the wasted time caused by the ab­sence of the re­port.

He said: “I will ad­journ this to Jan­uary 19. All re­ports must be be­fore the court by that date. I would like an ex­pla­na­tion from the se­nior part­ners and so­lic­i­tors.

“What I have in mind is mak­ing a costs or­der.

“In re­la­tion to the gen­eral prac­ti­tioner, if there’s no re­port avail­able by Jan­uary 19, he will be sum­monsed to court to ex­plain why not.”

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