Indian origin British psychiatrist guilty of plagiarism

June 20th, 2008 - 5:23 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 20 (IANS) Indian origin psychiatrist Raj Persaud, known across Britain for his television and radio appearances, is dishonest and has brought disrepute to his profession by passing off other experts’ works as his own, the General Medical Council (GMC) has ruled. Persaud, 45, was Thursday found guilty by the GMC of using other academics’ material for articles published in newspapers and magazines as well as his 2003 book “From the Edge of the Couch”. He admitted plagiarism but denied that his actions were dishonest or could bring the profession into disrepute.

A panel of four doctors will rule Friday on the basis of the council’s verdict to decide whether Persaud, a consultant psychiatrist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, should be reprimanded, suspended or struck off the medical register.

Persaud still gives advice on mental health in newspapers and magazines, but the ruling is expected to affect his popularity.

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