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.’