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'Bloodgate' physio wins appeal

21 January 2011 - 1:05pm

Stephen (Steph) Brennan, the physiotherapist struck off over the 'Bloodgate' scandal, today won a high court appeal against the decision.

Steph Brennan

The presiding judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, has quashed the original ruling and ordered the Health Professions Council (HPC) to reconsider the case.

In a statement read by his lawyer, Mr Brennan said: ‘I’m both relieved and really grateful to the high court for quashing the decision and requiring the HPC to review the penalty imposed upon me.

‘I wish to contribute positively to the physiotherapy profession, having previously damaged it with my actions - for which I apologise unequivocally.

Relief at good news

‘I would like to thank all those who have supported me through this process, particularly those who contributed to the online petition.’

Speaking exclusively to Frontline today, Mr Brennan said ‘finally I have some good news’.

‘As I have said before I never intended to damage the profession I love and I hope the HPC can see that after nearly two years of this situation hanging over my head I am desperate to move on and contribute positively to the physiotherapy profession.’

Sue Browning, CSP deputy chief executive, said: ‘We note the outcome and will continue to work closely with Steph as he prepares for his hearing at the Health Professions Council.’

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