GP facing rape charge gets green light to practise

A tribunal overturned his immediate suspension by the Medical Board of Australia, saying he was not risk to patients

A GP recently charged by police with the rape of a patient 19 years ago is free to return to practise, after a tribunal declared he posed no serious threat to the public.

In January, the Medical Board of Australia suspended the doctor when it was told the former patient had contacted police last year claiming he had been assaulted during a consultation back in 2001.

The board relied on section 156(1) of the National Law, which gives it the power to immediately suspend practitioners if it