A GP CLEARED of sexually assaulting one of his patients remains suspended from work for another year because he is still deemed unfit to practice.
Dr Tanuku Venkata Suryanarayana, 57, walked free from Preston Crown Court in December 2005 after a 17-year-old girl claimed he had given her an "inappropriate" examination.
He was first suspended from his post at the Eagle Street surgery in Accrington in February 2005.
Despite being cleared of the charge, he remained on suspension pending a further investigation by the General Medical Council.
This week, a GMC application to the High Court to further extend the suspension under Section 41a of the Medical Act 1983 was approved.
Although the GMC cannot comment on individual cases, the current suspension is thought to relate to the doctor's mental state rather than further allegations against him.
A GMC spokesman said: "The GMC reviews all matters referred to us to assess how the case should best be handled. The GMC's Interim Orders Panel can suspend or place conditions on a doctor's registration while the GMC investigates the concerns.
"Cases should be referred to the Interim Orders Panel (IOP) where the doctor faces allegations of such a nature that it may be necessary for the protection of members of the public, or it may be in the public interest or in the interests of the doctor."
"The fact that a doctor's registration is restricted while allegations are resolved does not amount to a finding of fact."
Dr Suryanarayana's suspension is now due to finish on 29 September 2008.