A DOCTOR'S claim that requirements on keeping records of dangerous drugs are too strict was dismissed by the Medical Council yesterday. The council struck Dr Peter Lai Chung-lim off the register for three months. It heard Lai, 61, had failed to record the balance of 15 types of dangerous drugs, and addresses of patients and suppliers. This was discovered during a raid by the Department of Health in September last year. Lai was fined $10,000 at North Kowloon Court in April. Barrister Thong Keng-yee, defending, yesterday told the council Lai had kept records but found the requirements too harsh to follow. 'The council will appreciate this was not a case in which no records were kept. It was a case of the doctor keeping records which did not strictly conform with the precise form of the legislation. 'There has been no suggestion that quantities of drugs have gone astray or were unaccounted for,' said Mr Thong. 'Now the doctor is aware of the requirements of the regulations. 'There is no possibility of him falling foul of them again,' he said. Council president Professor Rosie Young Tse-tse insisted doctors found guilty of the charge be punished. 'The problem of drugs getting into wrong hands is becoming an increasingly serious problem in Hong Kong as time passes. 'The Medical Council is determined to send the clearest possible message to Dr Lai and to other doctors who are breaking these rules - you can normally expect to receive a period of suspension from practice if you are found to be in breach of the dangerous drugs regulations,' she said. The council has this year barred three other doctors from practice for three months for the same offence. Mr Thong said Lai was considering an appeal.