A doctor who faked slimming pills prescriptions to sell privately has been restored to the GMC register.
Michael Hopkins was struck off in 2007 by the General Medical Council after admitting a number of allegations, including forging signatures. The General Medical Council (GMC) panel was told in 2006 that GP Dr Hopkins operated a private clinic from his home, selling slimming tablets at £54 per packet. Dr Hopkins admitted three charges of obtaining property by deception and was sentenced to a 12-month community rehabilitation order.
The court heard Dr Hopkins, who had worked for a time at Meddygfa Minafon Practice in Kidwelly, had used prescription pads from GP colleagues and forged signatures.
A restoration application has been successful with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) reportedly to have concluded he was “well placed to make a positive contribution to medicine”. The BBC reported that Dr Hopkins has worked as a painter, salesman, a drug worker in prison and in medical records at a practice. The MPTS heard he had taken a number of steps, including work focussed on ethics, probity and remediation and he had reflected greatly on what had happened.
The tribunal panel concluded that it was “satisfied that in this case, unlike many others, the conclusions set out throughout this determination mean that the public would recognise the complete remorse, insight and remediation on the part of Dr Hopkins.”