A DOCTOR who lied while applying to renew his registration in Ireland is free to continue practising here.
Dr Failsal Siddiqui failed to disclose that he was the subject of disciplinary measures in the UK when applying to renew his registration here.
Dr Siddiqui, whose brother was shot dead for a mobile phone and whose father died of grief shortly afterwards, said that fear for his future led him to lie.
Medical Council inquiry chairman Declan Carey yesterday said his committee regarded failure to provide this information as a most serious matter.
But because of the circumstances involved, the committee was satisfied with Dr Siddiqui's undertaking never to repeat the behaviour.
Dr Siddiqui, who has worked since 2006 as an orthopedic surgeon in hospitals in Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Drogheda and Donegal, said he regrets his lie "every day".
The Pakistani-born doctor previously had conditions imposed on his registration by the UK's General Medical Council in June 2011, arising out of a complaint made by a patient he treated at Kingston Hospital, London.
He failed to disclose the proceedings just two months later when seeking to renew his registration to work as a doctor in Ireland. Dr Siddiqui told the Medical Council's fitness to practise inquiry that he failed to turn up to the UK hearing because of the extraordinary pressure he was under.
"My younger brother was murdered for a mobile phone. . . In December 2010, my father expired suddenly," Dr Siddiqui said.
He added he had a responsibility to look after his sister-in-law and mother, a financial burden amounting to €2,000 a month.
Dr Siddiqui told the inquiry that since qualifying in 1982 he worked in Pakistan, England, Ireland and Saudi Arabia but had never had a complaint made against him until 2010. His barrister, Rosemary Mallon, requested the Medical Council take into consideration the desperate circumstances Dr Siddiqui found himself in.