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Paediatrician David Southall is allowed to call more witnesses in his defence

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6012 (Published 20 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6012
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The paediatrician David Southall has successfully fought off an attempt at the UK General Medical Council—described by his counsel as “unprecedented”—to stop him calling new witnesses about the circumstances surrounding the events that gave rise to charges against him.

Richard Tyson, counsel for two mothers whose children were treated by Dr Southall, argued that the witnesses (other paediatricians who were involved in the cases) should not be called to give factual evidence because findings of fact had already been made. Dr Southall’s counsel, Mary O’Rourke QC, maintained that their evidence would be relevant to deciding whether his behaviour reached the threshold of serious professional misconduct.

The long running case began at the …

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