Psychiatrist who saw patients after being told to stop practising is struck offBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5846 (Published 15 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5846
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
A former consultant psychiatrist who ignored an order from the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service to stop practising while under investigation for misconduct has been struck off the UK medical register.
Brian Harris, 77, of south Wales, came under investigation by the General Medical Council in October 2013 after being arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting male patients. In November 2013 an interim orders panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service imposed an 18 month suspension on him.
Because his case took years to come to court his suspension was reviewed every few months, and each decision to extend it was communicated to Harris by letter. These letters came with acknowledgment slips, some of which Harris signed and returned.