Suspended doctor to return to medical practise

08.11.16 | |


Dr A is to return to medical practise as a consultant paediatrician. Dr A’s NHS Trust employer has confirmed that Dr A can return to practise, as before, after his suspension from medical practise for three months. 


Dr A’s NHS Trust employer agreed to arrange for locum cover for the duration of Dr A’s suspension, rather than terminate Dr A’s contract of employment.  


A hearing in Dr A’s case took place over five days before a panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service. Abigail Bright represented Dr A.


Dr A was before the Tribunal for two instances of dishonesty. 


The Tribunal agreed with submissions made on behalf of Dr A that Dr A’s actions were not fundamentally incompatible with his continued registration. 


The Tribunal therefore concluded that erasure would be disproportionate.


In considering the length of suspension, the Tribunal accepted that suspending Dr A's registration for three months would satisfy the Tribunal’s overarching objective. 


A longer suspension would risk being punitive.


The Tribunal agreed with submissions made on behalf of Dr A that the two separate episodes of dishonesty were sufficiently close together in time such that Dr A’s dishonesty was not persistent. 


The General Medical Counsel had sought to resist those submissions made on behalf of Dr A by contending that the instances of dishonesty proved persistent dishonest conduct. The approach taken by the General Medical Counsel was rejected by the Tribunal.    


Abigail Bright was instructed by Shannett Thompson, and Julie Norris, Kingsley Napley. 

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