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GP should have seen child who was being starved within 48 hours of contact, says tribunal

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3255 (Published 15 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3255
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A GP failed to take adequate action over concerns about a 4 year old boy who was being starved by his mother and stepfather but is nevertheless fit to practise, a regulatory tribunal has decided.

Mohammad Pathan’s failure to ensure that he saw Daniel Pelka within 48 hours after a telephone call in January 2012 from the worried deputy head of the boy’s school amounted to misconduct, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel concluded. The GP told the deputy head to ask Daniel’s mother to bring him to the surgery but failed to realise that she might not comply …

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