36-year-old doctor who banned patient treatment is allowed to return to work after saying he feels "excluded" from the weekly NHS Clap For Carers
- Dr. Abdul Basit, 36, was suspended from duty after grabbing his wife by the neck
- His four-month ban was lifted last week and he can go back to work
- His wife, a junior health practitioner, said the relationship "was about fear" for their safety
A doctor banned from treating patients for beating his wife is allowed to return to work after saying he felt "left out" of the weekly NHS Clap for Carers.
36-year-old Dr. Abdul Basit was suspended after grabbing his wife by the neck and mistreating her during a series of altercations as she tried to adjust to a new life with him in the UK.
The nameless victim, a junior doctor whose father is a renowned doctor in Pakistan, said that her husband made fun of her academic data as well.
She also accused him of being a penny pincher who only made her spend £ 10 a week on lunch.
36-year-old Dr. Abdul Basit was suspended after grabbing his wife by the neck and mistreating her during a series of clashes
In April last year, Basit, who worked in the dermatology division of Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, Cumbria, was found guilty of serious professional misconduct.
The General Medical Council accused him of "patterns of emotional, psychological and verbal abuse".
But last week, following a hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, his four-month suspension was lifted and he was allowed to go back to work.
The Chair of the Tribunal, Ms. Ijeoma Omambala, told the Manchester hearing that Dr. Basit felt "excluded from the recent manual labor for the NHS during the lockdown".
He said Dr. Basit realized that it was his own "wrongdoing" that was the reason why he could not work and was not included.
He said: "He has tried to preserve his knowledge and skills and the tribunal saw this as an indication of a doctor who is serious about his profession."
Dr. Basit told the tribunal that he took "full responsibility for his actions" and they were convinced that "his insight is real".
The Manchester hearing was told that the Basits had married in their home country of Pakistan in 2015, where she worked as a research fellow and joined him in the UK in February of the following year.
But in the months that followed he would meet his wife, known as Dr. A, for minor disputes, belittle, nudge, and nudge.
She was initially too scared to tell anyone about her ordeal, but police were alerted in May 2016 after a heated argument between Basit and his wife.
Last week, following a hearing in the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service [pictured], his four-month suspension was lifted and he was allowed to go back to work
After a family dinner in a restaurant, Basit was heard screaming and screaming at his wife, and an argument broke out when her brother, also a doctor, intervened.
Basit slapped his wife in the face and ear, then hit her brother.
She suffered swelling and bruising in her left eye in the incident.
She told the hearing how she came to the UK to meet with Dr. Basit to be together and wanted the relationship to work so that despite the abuse, it would "stay and give him opportunities".
Dr. A shared how the "relationship about fear" revolved around both her physical well-being and her family's reputation in Pakistan.
She said, “He told me he did this because he wanted me to break down sociologically and emotionally, but at the same time he said he loved me.
Dr. Basit would meet his wife, known as Dr. A, belittling, nudging, and nudging in minor arguments, which resulted in her being banned from abuse against him in 2017
She added, "He would also grab my neck, squeeze it, and then ask," How does that feel? "I couldn't understand why he was doing this and he just said," I just see how it feels. "
Dr. A described it as "humiliating" that Dr. Basit she would "beg for money" telling her to "get by on £ 10 a week" to buy lunch in her first month in the UK.
In 2017 she went to court to obtain a ban on abuse against him after initially refusing to report her husband to the police.
Dr. Speaking to the hearing, Basit said, “I see patients with mental health problems and sometimes it is women who are or have been subjected to violence and they will find it very annoying to learn of the established allegations about the doctor who is caring for them.
"I always treat them with respect and compassion, despite my current problems, and always make their safety my priority."
But Miss Shirlie Duckworth's attorney for the GMC said, "It is not safe for him to return to full practice."