An award-winning GP who said he defrauded the NHS out of £150,000 to Improve mental health services has been struck off.
Ian Walton was convicted of fraud at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty at a trial last November.
The court heard he falsified invoices sent to healthcare group, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, to obtain £153,600.
Sam Brown, prosecuting, said the cash was used later to help train GPs in mental health awareness.
Along with co-defendant Lisa Hill, Walton was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work.
But Judge Paul Farrer QC said Walton had “not been motivated by greed, but by a desire to improve mental health services” in Sandwell.
He said the doctor had allowed his passion for mental health services to override his judgement and honesty.
The former Tipton GP was struck off after a hearing by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).
Tribunal chairman Dr Bernard Herdan said:
Both Walton and Hill were told to repay the full £153,600 along with court costs. In a letter to the tribunal, the former GP apologised for his conduct. He wrote:
But the tribunal found Walton’s conviction was not “compatible” with practicing medicine. Dr Herdan added: