De-registered doctor wants back in after 16 years

A PSYCHIATRIST who became addicted to heroin and had a sexual relationship with a patient is one step closer to practising again after winning permission to apply to be re-registered.

The doctor was struck off the NSW medical register in 2000 after being found guilty of professional misconduct and being found to suffer an impairment, severe depression and a narcotics addiction.

The now 53-year-old, who had practised in Newcastle and Sydney, applied to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal for permission to apply to be re-registered.

He submitted he has overcome his drug