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Teenager seeks to overturn GMC judgment

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:310
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

A teenager with chronic fatigue syndrome this week challenged the decision of the General Medical Council to clear a paediatrician who interfered in her case without her parents' consent.

At the High Court in London, lawyers for Miss A, aged 18, whose identity is protected by court order, accused the GMC of reaching a legally flawed decision in acquitting Christopher Cheetham of serious professional misconduct.

Her counsel, David Wolfe, told Mr Justice Charles that Dr Cheetham, then a consultant paediatrician at Wycombe General Hospital, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, had continued to intervene after her parents opted for treatment by a different paediatrician.

If the …

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