Consultant Psychiatrist working part-time asked for voluntary erasure from the General Medical Council register (UK).
He was doing a Section 12(2) Mental Health Act 1983 emergency assessment on a suicidal patient when he received a telephone call on his mobile from the General Medical Council stating that as there was a postal strike it was decided to inform him by telephone that his erasure has been immediate!
He had the presence of mind to complete his assessment and save yet another life despite being informed he was no longer registered.
Fortunately, it was possible to persuade the General Medical Council to allow voluntary erasure to take place at a planned date at the beginning of November 2009 and for loose ends to be tied.
If one can be erased twice like that anything is possible.