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Doctor “interfered” in treatment of girl after parents rejected his help

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7353.1539/a (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1539
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A consultant paediatrician who disagreed with the parents of a 12 year old girl with chronic fatigue syndrome about how she should be treated obtained confidential medical information about her without her parents' consent, the General Medical Council heard this week.

    The girl's parents told Dr Christopher Cheetham that they no longer wanted him to be involved in her care after a disagreement over her treatment, said David Perry, the GMC's counsel.

    But despite assurances from Dr Cheetham and managers of South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust that the parents' wishes would be respected, he continued to interfere, even …

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