Jailed GP is struck off for stealing

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A DOCTOR who stole NHS prescription pads which were then sold on to drug addicts was struck off the medical register yesterday.

The General Medical Council's professional conduct committee described Dr Nicholas Grobler as a man "who cannot be trusted".

Grobler, of Gobowen, Oswestry, Shropshire, was appearing before a disciplinary hearing of the committee after admitting six charges of theft and deception in May last year.

While working as a GP in west London, he had claimed links to the Saudi royal family to dishonestly obtain a bank overdraft and bought a pounds 44,000 Rolls-Royce on hire purchase after pretending to own a house where he was renting a room. Grobler, 63, was jailed for three years and six months at Knightsbridge Crown Court. He served 21 months, including time before the trial, and is now in Saudi Arabia.