Deregistration for tax avoidance on expert evidence reports

The BMJ today reports that a former NHS (UK) surgeon who made some 1.4M pounds sterling in expert report fees was struck off the medical register for failure to pay more than 400,000 tax on that income:  BMJ 2015; 351;h6094.

The article suggests that during the 4 years when he produced the reports, the surgeon asked the lawyers retaining him to provide cheques payable only to his surname. He paid some the cheques into the accounts of his four children, all of whom were also doctors (in Ireland and in Australia).

The article does not indicate whether the four children of the doctor were aware of the income tax avoidance nor, if so, whether that resulted in conduct action against them by the Australian or Irish health profession regulators.

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