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A GP whose convictions for indecent assault were overturned last year is still waiting to hear if he will be reinstated by his trust Anna Goldie reports
Dr Dilip Gore spent six months in jail last year as the victim of a miscarriage of justice. He is now fighting for his right to practise, his reputation and his future.
The appeal court quashed Dr Gore's conviction for indecently assaulting three female patients, including his practice manager and a receptionist, in October.
Upholding his appeal, Lord Justice Latham criticised the original trial judge for failing in his directions to the jury to properly compare Dr Gore's 'impeccable character' and the 'bad character' of one of his accusers who had 'many' convictions for deception, forgery and theft.
Lord Latham concluded he had 'an uneasy feeling that this was a case where justice was not ultimately done' and said he regretted Dr Gore had already served a prison sentence.
He added that Dr Gore, who was the subject of lurid tabloid stories and whose house was firebombed during the trial, had also not been allowed to properly state his view that the three women had colluded.
'My character as a GP for 24 years was not held as highly as a woman who had previous convictions,' Dr Gore said. He added: 'Not every doctor is a Shipman, but we are treated as if we are. I was arrested by eight policemen at home. I was presumed guilty and suspended from my PCT before the case was heard in court.'
The GMC has since removed all restrictions on Dr Gore. But he is waiting for Salford PCT to give him back his licence to practise and allow him to retire on full pension.
Dr Gore, 56, said he was so 'upset and depressed' he had asked for voluntary erasure from the GMC list. 'I just couldn't face the idea of being struck off. Because my case went to appeal they suspended the erasure but Salford PCT still haven't reinstated my PMS contract. It is terribly important for me to get my licence back because I want to retire on my own terms.'
Salford PCT said it was following legal advice before reregistering him.
Dr Gore, who was a police surgeon for 15 years and whose wife Hema is also a GP, has set up the Falsely Accused Doctors support group to help doctors in similar situations. He has also made an official complaint to Greater Manchester police over their handling of the case.
'After teachers and carers it is the turn of doctors to get used for compensation claims, but now they can ask for help and support, something not provided by the GMC and defence bodies,' he said.
'The most horrendous thing was the effect on my children and my wife. It was worse for them outside facing the world than for me in prison looking inward.'