A millionaire doctor who continued in private practice while on NHS sick leave could soon be back at work eight years after he was struck off.
Dr Michael Hodges, 56, claimed mild deafness and tinnitus made him unfit to work at Clayhall Clinic in Ilford. The surgery was left in the hands of locums who were paid £17,000 by the NHS to cover him.
But Hodges, who owned a convertible Jaguar and an Audi TT and lived in a £1.5 million home, was carrying out up to 16 private medical examinations a day from which he made more than £100,000.
The fraud was uncovered when an NHS colleague spotted his name on the door at Roding Bupa Hospital in Ilford. Hodges was jailed for 12 months at Southwark crown court in July 2004 after being convicted of 12 counts of false accounting.
He was struck off the medical register at a GMC hearing in 2005. But the former doctor could now return to work after he applied to be restored to the medical register.
The panel at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester have decided that his fitness to practise is no longer impaired by his conviction and will assess if he still has the skills to work as a doctor. The hearing continues.
Doctor struck off over fraud set for return to medicine