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Southall appeals to overturn GMC’s rulings against him

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1360 (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1360
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Lawyers for the paediatrician David Southall this week accused the General Medical Council of reversing the burden of proof and requiring him to prove his innocence, as he launched a High Court appeal against a finding of serious professional misconduct.

    In a four day hearing that began on Tuesday 31 March Dr Southall is appealing against a GMC fitness to practise panel’s findings of fact, the misconduct ruling, and a decision to strike him off the medical register.

    The fitness to practise panel, which had a lay majority, ruled in December 2007 that he had inappropriately accused a mother of murdering her child, kept “special case files” on …

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