Doctor is allowed back to work after five year suspension with 16 conditions on his registration

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7844 (Published 19 November 2012)
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  1. Clare Dyer
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A consultant anaesthetist suspended from work for five years after the death of a patient has been allowed to retrain and return to practice.

The UK Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service held that Michael Seng Teik Lim’s fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct and deficient professional performance but concluded that he had “good insight” into his clinical deficiencies and was “strongly motivated to correct them.”

The tribunal service’s fitness to practise panel placed 16 conditions on Lim’s registration for 18 months, including that he must work only in the NHS and at a level lower than consultant.

Suspensions lasting five years or longer were not uncommon before NHS employers’ disciplinary procedures were overhauled to end the “suspension culture,” …

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