Intended for healthcare professionals

Career Focus


BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:S3a-7070

One in three men have a criminal record by the age of 30, according to the IRS Employment Review (Law Bulletin Nov 1996;557:2-10). The majority committed one or two offences in adolescence, yet most face difficulty in obtaining employment for many years, a fact which the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act of 1974 was designed to address. It allows convictions to be “spent”- non-declarable in employment procedures-after a specified number of conviction free years. Doctors are among those specifically excluded from the act, and have a lifelong obligation to declare any convictions.

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