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GPs charged with manslaughter of 12 year old boy are acquitted

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3098 (Published 01 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3098
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Two GPs who were prosecuted for the manslaughter of a 12 year old patient have been acquitted after the judge presiding over the trial at Cardiff Crown Court ruled that there was no case for them to answer.

Lindsay Thomas, 42, and Joanne Rudling, 46, were charged with gross negligence manslaughter over the death of Ryan Morse from Addison’s disease on 8 December 2012. The prosecution argued that Ryan would have lived had either GP visited him or summoned an ambulance after a phone call the previous evening from his mother, Carol.1

But Justice Nicola Davies ruled at the end of the …

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