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Drunk doctor struck off

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A doctor from Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital was struck off after being caught by police for drink driving only 35 minutes after finishing work.

The doctor was stopped by police when an officer noticed the front wheel of her car 'hanging off' after a collision. She failed three times to provide a roadside breathalyser test, before being arrested and taken to Watling House Police Station where she then blew three times over the legal limit. In addition to this, two empty vodka bottles and a brandy bottle were found in the passenger footwell inside her vehicle when she was stopped.

At a fitness to practice hearing last May, her conduct was previously found 'deplorable'. The panel elected to ban her for four months allowing the doctor a chance to show remorse. However she failed to attend a review hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Services and was subsequently banned for another nine months last September.

The panel then decided that the only way to protect the public was to erase the doctors name from the medical register.

The Romanian national was disqualified for drink driving in February last year. She will have to attend another review hearing before the end of the suspension period, if she wishes to return to work as a doctor in the UK.

It is always recommended to be legally represented by a specialist solicitor at any stage of a hearing before a regulatory body.

By Amy Grimshaw, Graduate paralegal in the professional discipline department