A trainee doctor who cleared his name after he was found guilty of attacking a female patient has been licensed to practice medicine again.
Dr Abiodun Olumuyiwa Bale, 42, was convicted of assault last year following a dispute with a patient while working at an Accrington medical practice.
But the father-of-two successfully won an appeal against his conviction at the beginning of May.
Now, Dr Bale has had his suspension from the General Medical Council (GMC) register lifted.
It means he is allowed to practice medicine again in the UK.
The doctor’s licence has several conditions, one of which means he has to has someone else with him while carrying out clinical consultations with female patients.
Under GMC rules, Dr Bale must adhere to these conditions until October.
He must also inform the GMC of any formal disciplinary proceedings taken against him.
Dr Bale must remain as a medical practitioner with the NHS in the North Western Deanery, which is administered by the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
He is also confined to trainee general practice posts where his work will be supervised.
Dr Bale, of New Moston in Greater Manchester denied assault during a two-day trial at Burnley Magistrates’ Court in December.
He was handed a six-month conditional discharge after a district judge found him guilty of assault, accepting a claim that Dr Bale grabbed a female patient after she disagreed with his diagnosis.
The court previously heard that Dr Bale was on a training placement as a GP at Hyndburn Medical Practice, in Accrington, when he asked Sheenagh Cunningham to visit the surgery as she had become ‘agitated and distressed’.
The hearing was told that when she arrived Dr Bale told her she may need to call for an ambulance if things got worse and that he became ‘frustrated’.
Dr Bale denied grabbing hold of Mrs Cunningham’s arm with both hands and trying to pull her back into the surgery throughout the trial.
During an appeal hearing at Burnley Crown Court, Judge Simon Newell cleared Dr Bale of any wrongdoing and allowed the appeal against his conviction.
Dr Bale qualified at the University of Lagos in 1995 and later became a trainee doctor in the UK.