A hearing is taking place on whether a doctor erased from the medical register for misconduct should be permitted to practise again.

Doctor Harry Nduka was referred to the General Medical Council (GMC) in July 2013 over concerns raised about his clinical practice, conduct and communication.

His medical registration was suspended for 15 months, pending investigation.

However, on August 26, 2013, Dr Nduka applied for a clinical fellow (registrar level) post in obstetrics and gynaecology at the the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the New QEII Hospital in Welwyn Garden City.

The Medical Practitioners' Tribunal Service (MPTS) found that he had lied when asked on the application form if he was currently the subject of a fitness to practise investigation.

Dr Nduka went on to apply for a position as a locum specialist registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Princess Royal University Hospital in London, and later to the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust again, for a vacancy as a senior clinical fellow (registrar level) in obstetrics and gynaecology.

The tribunal found that, both times, Nduka failed to declare that he was the subject of an ongoing fitness to practise investigation.

The tribunal reached the conclusion that "Dr Nduka had demonstrated a persistent lack of insight into the seriousness of his dishonesty and misconduct," and that "the lack of remediation or remorse" suggested that "the situation is unlikely to change."

The tribunal concluded that "it is necessary in the public interest to direct that Dr Nduka’s name be erased from the medical register."

Dr Nduka has now applied for restoration to the medical register. A MPTS hearing is expected to conclude on Thursday.