Senior army doctor on £120,000 who tried to leave the military is fined £3,000

A senior army doctor on £120,000 who was so aghast at being asked to move from Scotland to England he tried to use military funds to book flights back home has been fined £3,000. 

Lieutenant Colonel Chris Baird-Clarke, 46, was unhappy after he was moved hundreds of miles from his job in Scotland to a role in England assisting new recruits.

A court martial heard that he booked travel back home through the Army as he would be continuing to work at the weekends but failed to tell the superior officers at his new base.

During the trial, he said he was 'distraught' to discover he would either have to move his family to England or fly home every weekend to see them.

In total, he booked 19 flights between Scotland and England, but only took seven and was forced to cancel the remaining 12 after being told again by his commanders in England that he was not to make any more trips at the taxpayers' expense

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In total, he booked 19 flights between Scotland and England, but only took seven and was forced to cancel the remaining 12 after being told again by his commanders in England that he was not to make any more trips at the taxpayers' expense

He and his wife and four children lived in Cornhill, in Aberdeenshire and Lt Col Baird-Clarke had been working as the regional head of Defence Occupational Medicine for the Army based in Edinburgh.

In the spring of 2019 he was told he would be required to move almost 600 miles to Upavon, Wiltshire, to assist with the medical assessments of new recruits.

Lt Col Baird-Clarke claimed he had seen many 'horrible' situations where soldiers had 'lost control' after being forced into a posting they didn't want.

He even tried to leave the army rather than move to Upavon but was unsuccessful.

He then requested a job-share arrangement that would allow him to carry on working at weekends as a doctor in Scotland and therefore have his flights home paid for as he would be travelling for service reasons.

Bulford Military Court, Wilts heard that the Lt Col was in 'significant debt' and after 'obligatory payments' only had £600 left a month.

As an Army doctor of senior rank, his minimum salary would have been around £120,000. However, it is likely he earned more because of his qualifications.

His commanding officer in Upavon, Colonel Andrew

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