A DOCTOR who caused a head-on collision after drinking four cans of lager has been deemed fit to return to work. 

Consultant anaesthetist Julia Morch-Siddall, of East Heddon, Heddon-on-the-Wall, caused a head-on collision in her Land Rover Freelander, on the A1, on January 30 last year.

Four empty cans of Stella Artois had been found in Morch-Siddall’s car, along with another half-empty can, and the other driver, a 36-year-old man, was left wheelchair-bound for months following the crash.

She received an 18-month suspended prison sentence following her conviction in September for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis, and this month faced a tribunal to save her career.

At the medical practitioners tribunal, which ran for a week, ending on July 5, it was ruled she would be suspended for two months as she was deemed fit to practise.