Dr Raj Persaud, Britain's Favorite TV psychiatrist suspended for Plagiarism
OPINION: They say his career is 'in tatters' but I think vulnerable people he has helped in the past will support him although he will have lost some respect.
Still, three months suspension is quite a short time considering he is a 'professional' and it's also surprising that he will be welcomed with open-arms by the TV company afterwards. I wonder if journalists would have the same amount of suspension if they did the same thing?
Some people who plagiarise have their had employment terminated.
Source The Daily Mail 20/6/08:-
LONDON: Britain's best-known psychiatrist was yesterday suspended from practising for three months.
Celebrity Raj Persaud 45, a household name as a result of his daytime appearances on This Morning with Richard and Judy, had been caught presenting the words of top academics as his own.
But a General Medical Council disciplinary panel sitting in Manchester ruled that his 'dishonest conduct' had undermined public confidence in the profession.
Dr Anthony Morgan, chairman of the Fitness to Practise Panel, said: '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.'
The career of Britain's best-known psychiatrist, a consultant for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, is now in tatters after he admitted plagiarism.
Before the ruling, GMC members heard from some of Dr Persaud's celebrity supporters, including TV journalist Martin Bashir and the hosts of the Richard and Judy chat show.
Mr Bashir said in a statement read out by Robert Francis QC, defence counsel for Dr Persaud, that he had developed a 'personal relationship for which I'm deeply grateful' with the doctor.
Mr Bashir said his friend was the 'first port of call for broadcasters and media' on mental health issues.
He said: 'He's up-to-date with the latest research and invariably generous in recommending the work of others.'
Mr Francis said Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, the former This Morning presenters, and Cactus TV 'wish it to be known Dr Persaud will remain a valued contributor to their programmes'.