Retired doctor who committed suicide did not know that a police investigation against him had been withdrawn
Retired doctor, 76, accused of a “historic accusation” committed suicide 24 hours after the case fell – but the police did not tell him that he was free
- Dr. Peter Betts got into trouble, people would hear about unproven allegations
- Official guidelines meant that the police dr. Could not immediately inform Betts
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A retired doctor accused of historical allegations was not told that the police investigation was withdrawn and 24 hours later committed suicide, an investigation was heard.
Dr. Peter Betts was deeply concerned during the investigation and so confused that people would hear about the unproven allegations that he had taken his own life.
The 76-year-old respected pediatrician was found in the garden of his village home, with stab wounds to his chest and heart.
An investigation was heard 24 hours before Dr.’s death police. Betts dropped the investigation – but was unable to inform him for a week due to official litigation guidelines.
Dr. Peter Betts, a 76-year-old respected pediatrician, was found in the yard of his village home, with stab wounds to his chest and heart
During the hearing, the doctor’s family revealed how his mental health “deteriorated rapidly” during the one-month investigation into unnamed charges.
Dr. Betts was found dead on October 14 last year in the garden of his home in quiet Compton, near Winchester, Hants, after being interviewed a month earlier in September.
At the court of Winchester Coroner, his son, Dr. Timothy Betts: ‘He was retired for 14 years and was a well-respected pediatrician and a great father.
“We tried to tell him that he didn’t have to worry about the allegation, but he became increasingly stressed.
“It was against his whole nature and career, and the whole accusation process was a horror for him.
“His concern was that, although he had done nothing wrong, the accusation would come out on social media and in the press.
“In the end he was not himself and his thinking went from rational to irrational.”
Detective Sergeant Andrew Hawkins, of Hampshire Constabulary, who was working on the investigation, said the decision to Not to inform Betts of the decision was due to official litigation guidelines.
Doctor Dr. Mark Roberts said Dr. Betts had considered suicide in the days before his death.
He added, “He told me he felt like a metal coil that could” ping “at any time.”
Senior coroner Christopher Wilkinson concluded death by suicide.
Today Hampshire Constabulary said that Dr. Betts was unaware that the police were informing the complainant that the case had been withdrawn.
The decision was made on October 13, a day before Dr.’s death. Betts.
An investigation was heard 24 hours before Dr.’s death police. Betts dropped the investigation – but was unable to inform him for a week due to official process guidelines
A Hampshire spokesman said: “We have Dr. Betts investigated a non-recent allegation and the outcome was no further action against him.
“This decision was made shortly before his death and the complainant was aware of information.”
Dr. Betts started his career by dividing the time between Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and Southampton General Hospital, Hants, before moving permanently to the latter in 1989.
At the time of his death, dozens of tributes poured in from former colleagues, patients and friends.
Dr. Derek Sandeman, medical director of the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘Peter Betts was an inspiring pediatrician who worked here for more than 20 years.
“[He] led the development of child and child protection services and was a key figure in the development of the unit.
“He also established a center of expertise in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes and was recognized nationally and internationally for his skills and expertise.
“He will be known by many staff members and has had major consequences for many children and their families.
“He was a gifted teacher and mentor and loved by everyone.”