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GP reinstated onto medical register after having name cleared of sexual assault

A GP has been reinstated onto the GMC register, after being exonerated from a sexual assault conviction.

Dr Raj Mehta, 65, was acquitted by the Court of Appeal in December last year after new evidence was found.

The Solihull GP, whose over 40 years in the NHS were otherwise unblemished, was accused by a patient of touching her breast during a consultation.

He served a full 15-month prison sentence after being found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court in April 2018.

Dr Mehta was removed from the medical register in May 2019, while his appeal was pending.

While Dr Mehta was serving his sentence, his legal team discovered new evidence demonstrating that his accuser lied under oath.

Dr Mehta said: ‘I’m delighted that my name has been reinstated onto the medical register, which I had joined back in 1978.

'After three very hard years, which left my career and reputation severely damaged, I can now look forward to the future.

‘Once again, I want to thank my family and my legal team for their unwavering support.’

His solicitor Nigel Richardson said: ‘This is what we were working so hard to achieve and we are elated to see his name restored to the medical register.

‘Dr Mehta’s life had been destroyed on account of false accusations, and clearing his name was the first step in rebuilding his career that he worked so hard to get in the first place.’

Dr Rob Hendry, medical director at Medical Protection, added: ‘Following Dr Mehta’s acquittal, it is right that his record on the register be changed so that it reflects his long and distinguished service to the NHS.’

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Readers' comments (14)

  • I'm assuming the lying patient will now be sued for damages.

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  • Any compensation for his suffering in prison? A miscarriage of justice. Sue that patient.

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  • Agree with earlier posts though 2 queries for me:

    a) compensation is this from HM Government for wrongful imprisonment and/or patient

    b) Removed from register while appeal was pending? Surely that should have been once the legal process was complete?

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  • Very scary for all. How can you prove something like that, where I assume is one persons word vs another?

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  • He should be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings, and repetitional damage. Hope the MPS pursues this vigorously and doesnt let it end here..... where is the BMA in all this?

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  • If the accuser lied under oath surely she should be facing prison time?

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  • he will now have to do refresher training in the form on ILR, to get back on the perfermers list and show he is still able to work as a safe GP. loads of hoops jump through. Why bother?

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  • I ASSUME THAT THE PATIENT WILL BE SUSEQUENTLY ARRESTED AND PROSECUTED

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  • Moral: when you provide free service there is no respect/recognition for your services. Privatise and see the difference overnight.

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  • doctordog.

    Can’t believe he would still want to work at 65.

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