A doctor cleared four years ago of indecently assaulting a patient can conditionally resume his general practice, the Medical Council ruled last night. In January 1996, a pregnant patient accused Dr Li Sui-lung, a physician at Pok Oi Hospital, of indecent assault after she attended the hospital's accident and emergency department complaining of abdominal pains. Worried about possible pregnancy complications, Dr Li, who was the duty physician, performed a vaginal examination which the 25-year-old patient claimed amounted to indecent assault. Dr Li was acquitted of criminal charges but he did not renew his licence in 1997. He told the council that stress caused by media coverage of the case had forced him to resign from the hospital and move overseas. The council did not hold a hearing on the patient's complaints of professional misconduct by Dr Li until this year. The patient, known as Madame A, was 22 weeks pregnant when she sought help at the hospital. She complained to the council that Dr Li, 60, did not wear gloves during the examination and a nurse was not present. He was also charged with failing to record the medical examination. Dr Li was cleared on the charge relating to the gloves but found guilty of professional misconduct on the other two. The council decided to allow Dr Li's name to be restored to the general register on two conditions. A warning letter must be issued and Dr Li must successfully undertake a course in general practice or family medicine, the council ruled.