GMC clears obstetrician over claims of wrongly delaying a caesarean section

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 11 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:743
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A consultant obstetrician and leading advocate of natural birth has been cleared of wrongdoing by the General Medical Council, after she was accused of failing to arrange a timely caesarean section for a patient whose labour showed signs of becoming problematic. The baby was later delivered stillborn by caesarean section.

    Susan Bewley, of St Thomas' Hospital, was also accused of failing to adequately examine the mother and child on the morning of 30 December 2004, when she led the morning round in the hospital's birth centre. The GMC alleged that she failed to examine the mother's cervix, failed to use a sonicaid to listen to the baby's heart, failed to obtain a cardiotocograph reading, and failed to arrange delivery.

    Hospital notes showed …

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