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TV psychiatrist admits copying expert’s work

PUBLISHED: 15:50 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

TELEVISION psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud admitted copying other psychiatrists work and passing it off as his own. Dr Persaud, who features regularly on daytime television programme

TELEVISION psychiatrist Dr Raj Persaud admitted copying other psychiatrists' work and passing it off as his own.

Dr Persaud, who features regularly on daytime television programme This Morning, is a consultant psychiatrist South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), responsible for Bethlem Royal Hospital, Orchard Road, Beckenham.

SLaM also provides substance misuse services for people living in Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich.

The revelations came out at a General Medical Council (GMC) misconduct hearing in Manchester on Monday where Dr Persaud admitted plagiarism for his 2003 book From The Edge Of The Couch.

He admitted copying the work of other academics for columns and articles which appeared in national newspapers and journals, for which he received payment.

The Fitness to Practise Counsel, part of the GMC, alleged that Dr Persaud's actions were "inappropriate, misleading, dishonest and liable to bring the profession into disrepute".

On the opening day of the hearing, which is expected to last until tomorrow, the counsel proved that Dr Persaud had acted inappropriately and had misled readers in to believing the work was his. But he denied he had been dishonest or brought the profession in to disrepute, if he is found guilty he could be struck off.

katherine.nelson@archant.co.uk

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