A doctor jailed for causing a court case to collapse when he lied about his qualifications has been struck off.
Mohammed Rafiq, of the Long House, in Great Alne, Alcester, Warwickshire, was imprisoned for six months after being convicted of two counts of perjury at Birmingham crown court in May.
He claimed he had been awarded a prestigious orthopaedic prize on his CV and was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS), causing the civil action he was an expert witness in to fail.
The General Medical Council (GMC) found the 47-year-old doctor’s dishonesty makes him unfit to practise and ordered his name “erased” from the medical register yesterday.
“The panel has determined Rafiq’s conviction and dishonesty represents a serious breach of one of the main principles central to good medical practice, that a doctor must be honest and trustworthy,” said a GMC spokeswoman. “The panel concluded Rafiq’s dishonest behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with being a doctor. The panel is of the view the untruths on Dr Rafiq’s CV are a serious act of dishonesty as doctors have an absolute duty for their CVs to be honest and truthful. A CV that is not truthful does not protect patients, maintain public confidence in the profession or uphold proper standard of conduct and behaviour. The panel directs Rafiq’s name be erased from the register.”
The doctor was not present at the hearing after writing to the GMC to say he no longer wished to engage in the process in September.