‘Bloodgate’ physio wins appeal

Stephen (Steph) Brennan, the physiotherapist struck off over the ‘Bloodgate’ scandal, has won his high court appeal against the decision.

The presiding judge, Mr Justice Ouseley, quashed the original ruling on 21 January and ordered the Health Professions Council (HPC) to reconsider.

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

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

‘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, Mr Brennan said: ‘Finally I have some good news. I never intended to damage the profession I love and I hope the HPC can see that, after nearly two years of this 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 HPC.’

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Robert Millett

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