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Cleared GP still cannot practise

A GP cleared of indecent assault by a crown court has been refused permission to return to practice.

Dr Abdullah Hoodbhoy was cleared in July last year of 14 charges of indecent assault on women at his surgery in Manningtree, Essex.

But an NHS tribunal resulting from an application made by North Essex health authority has announced that it will not allow Dr Hoodbhoy back on the medical list because of 'inappropriate practices'.

Tendring primary care trust would not confirm whether the tribunal related to the same complaints as those heard in Chelmsford Crown Court.

A trust spokesman said the tribunal used a different criteria from that of a court in making its decision.

Dr Hoodbhoy, who declined to comment on the case, has 28 days to launch an appeal.

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