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Doctors who was struck off for misconduct is restored to the register after changing his ways

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 24 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m723
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A doctor who was struck off the UK medical register in 2013 for misconduct has been allowed back on the register after a medical practitioners tribunal decided that he was now “a different person.”

Doctors who are struck off may apply after five years for restoration to the register, but few succeed. Of 13 who applied in 2019 only two were successful, and in 2018 only four of 14 applications were granted.

Babak Shokouhi, who qualified in Iran, was erased from the register in September 2013 after the second of two hearings by a medical practitioners tribunal.

At the first hearing, held in May of that year, the tribunal found that when …

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