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Open letter to CSP members

The physiotherapist at the centre of the so-called ‘Bloodgate’ scandal has issued an open letter to CSP members in which he apologises for his behaviour and the damage it may have done to the profession.

Stephen (Steph) Brennan, left, was struck off by the Health Professions Council in September following his participation in the fake injury of a player at Harlequins rugby club where he worked (Frontline 6 October). Stephen Brennan is appealing the HPC decision and a hearing will take place at the high court on 14 December. In the meantime he is back at work in private practice having been deemed ‘fit to practise’ by the HPC. An HPC spokesperson told Frontline: ‘The interim order placed on Stephen Brennan has been revoked by the high court pending the appeal. As a result Mr Brennan is therefore able to continue practising as a physiotherapist.’ CSP chief executive Phil Gray said: ‘In the meantime Stephen Brennan will also remain a full member of the CSP, with all his normal membership benefits, until the appeal at the high court has been completed and the HPC has taken a final decision on action which it is allowed to take, if any.’ Stephen Brennan told Frontline he was grateful to the HPC for allowing him to practise until his appeal is considered.  ‘Returning to work after two months off is really special,’ he said. ‘Getting back to doing physiotherapy makes me realise, even more, just how much I love our profession.’ Steph Brennan has written a full letter of apology to CSP members



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Robert Millett

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1 December 2010

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