Privy Council overturns GMC's erasure of psychiatristBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7404.1417 (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1417
- Clare Dyer legal, correspondent
A psychiatrist specialising in the treatment of drug misusers who was struck off by the General Medical Council for leaving blank prescriptions for a nurse and failing to supervise addiction clinics properly has had his erasure from the medical register quashed on appeal.
The judicial committee of the Privy Council last week ruled that the GMC's decision to strike Enrique Mateu-Lopez off the register in November 2002 was “excessive and disproportionate.”
The three judges—Lord Hutton, Sir Anthony Evans, and Sir Philip Otton—concluded that “in all the circumstances of the case the appellant's erasure was neither necessary for the protection of …