The matchday doctor at the centre of the “Bloodgate” fake rugby injury scandal was told today she can practice medicine again.
Dr Wendy Chapman cut the lip of Harlequins player Tom Williams to cover up a bogus blood injury and later lied about her role in the event.
A General Medical Council (GMC) disciplinary panel ruled Dr Chapman’s fitness to practise was not impaired despite her actions, which it said were not in the best interests of her patient.
She was suspended by the GMC last September and could have been struck off at the hearing in Manchester.
Panel chairman Dr Brian Alderman said Dr Chapman was guilty of "serious misconduct'' but she was "severely depressed'' at the time.
She would not have acted in the way she did but for her “altered state of mind”, he said.
He added: “The panel has concluded that, while at the times these events occurred your fitness to practise was impaired, looking forward, your fitness to practise is currently not impaired.
“You do not pose any risk to patients or the public. The panel accepts that there is a public interest in retaining the services of a good doctor.”
Dr Alderman said the panel would consider tomorrow morning whether it was appropriate to issue a warning to the doctor.
Legal representatives for Dr Chapman said she would not comment publicly on the hearing until then.