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Struck-off GP wins right to appeal

A GP has won a Privy Council ruling against a GMC decision that prevented him from appealing for restoration to the medical register.

Dr Adil Mahmud Raji was struck off in 1999 and failed to have the decision reversed in two appeals to the GMC's professional conduct committee in 2000 and 2002.

The second refusal was accompanied by a suspension of Dr Raji's right to make further applications for restoration.

The Privy Council overruled this 'double decision' and referred the case back to the PCC.

'The issues on restoration and suspension may overlap. It is therefore fair that the doctor should know the decision on restoration and the reason for it so he can advance the argument against suspension of the right to re-apply in the light of the reasons for refusing rest-oration,' the law lords ruled.

Dr Raji, a private GP, was struck off after the PCC ruled he had 'improperly and irresponsibly' prescribed morphine sulphate to a recovering drug addict without examining him first.

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