Disgraced Raj Persaud quits job as consultant

Dr Persaud, a former presenter of BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind and regular guest on ITV show This Morning, admitted plagiarism at a General Medical Council hearing in June.

He has stepped down as a consultant psychiatrist for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

He had been legally cleared to return to work this month, but the tribunal criticised him so heavily there were doubts he would even return to his consultancy.

Dr Persaud had been praised for making his subject interesting and accessible, but had attracted increasing criticism that he was not crediting people for his work.

He admitted copying other people’s work for his book From the Edge of the Couch and in a series of articles for mainstream media and scientific journals.

Persaud had made an enemy of the Scientology movement by opposing it, and it was a plagiarism allegation from them that attracted attention.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights, founded by the Scientologists, claimed to the GMC that an article by Persaud in The Independent in 2005 plagiarised passages from a 1998 paper by a Professor Stephen Kent, of Alberta University.