Doctor trial jury in Newport fails to agree

A jury in the case of a doctor accused of fraud has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

Lucy Dawson, 45, was alleged to be on fully-paid sick leave from the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, when working shifts in Worcester and Gloucester.

The defendant, from Monmouth, had been paid almost £30,000 in sick pay during a six-month absence, Newport Crown Court heard. She denied the charges.

Details of when the new case will proceed are expected on Friday.

The accident and emergency doctor was alleged to be on fully-paid leave from her job at the hospital in Newport, when working 10 shifts at hospitals in Worcester and Gloucester, earning £7,840.

She had been paid almost £30,000 in sick pay during an absence during late 2009 and early 2010, her trial heard.

The defendant admitted working the locum shifts and getting paid for them, but denied acting dishonestly and said she had been suffering frm stress and depression.

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