Friday, June 20, 2008

Persaud's Verdict is In

Raj Persaud's psychiatric career is in ruins after the General Medical Council ruled that his fitness to practise had been impaired because he plagiarised the work of other academics.
as reported by the Daily Telegraph.

The General Medical Council now has to decide the punishment for Persaud having ruled
that he was guilty of serious misconduct, which brought his profession into disrepute.
The GMC Fitness to Practise Panel chairman didn't hold back in criticizing Persaud:

"The panel has determined that your dishonest conduct and plagiarising other people's work on multiple occasions represents a serious breach of the principles that are central to good medical practice. The panel is in no doubt that this amounts to misconduct which is serious."

He added: "Your dishonest conduct brings the profession into disrepute and the panel has... concluded that your fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your misconduct."

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Persaud has been suspended for 3 months for plagiarism. More details are in the comment below.
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John Flood said...

ITN News reported on the GMC's punishment for Persaud's plagiarism: (see: http://itn.co.uk/news/0ca134b3278ec0ffcbc5c8b3f8f715e0.html)

"TV psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud has been suspended from practising for three months for plagiarism.

A General Medical Council (GMC) panel had earlier ruled he had brought his profession into disrepute after he admitted passing off other scholars' work as his own for a book and several articles he wrote.

The panel decided his actions meant his fitness to practise was impaired, but stopped short of striking him off.

Dr Anthony Morgan, chairman of the GMC panel, told Dr Persaud: "The Panel has determined that a three-month period of suspension is sufficient to send out a signal to you, the profession and the public that plagiarism is unacceptable behaviour."

Dr Persaud issued a statement, in which he apologised for the copying and said: "I am saddened that this occurred while I was seeking to promote the work of academics to the wider public."

Dr Persaud, famed for his appearances on the television chat show This Morning and on BBC Radio 4's All In The Mind programme, admitted copying the work of other experts.

But he denied his actions were dishonest and liable to bring his profession into disrepute.

Dr Persaud was accused of plagiarising material for his book - an anthology of the "100 most sick people in the history of psychiatry" intended to revive an interest in psychiatric patients' case histories.

Dr Persaud said at the time he believed he had sufficiently acknowledged other authors' work."