Paediatrician David Southall wins appeal against GMC

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 20 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2195
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The paediatrician David Southall has won his appeal against a General Medical Council finding that he was guilty of serious professional misconduct, in accusing a mother of murdering her 10 year old son, and against an order striking him off the medical register.

    Three judges in the Court of Appeal ruled that the High Court judge Mr Justice Blake “fell into error” when he turned down Dr Southall’s original appeal last May (BMJ 2009;338:b2144, doi:10.1136/bmj.b2144).

    But the full effect of the judgment on the possibility of the paediatrician’s reinstatement to the medical register will not become clear until the court makes an order next week about what should happen next, after hearing submissions from his lawyers and from the GMC.

    The GMC said, “Our understanding …

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