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GMC clears psychiatrist accused of encouraging “false memories”

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:580
  1. Dyer Owen
  1. London

    A child psychiatrist accused of encouraging a 13 year old girl to develop false memories of being abused by another doctor has been cleared of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council.

    Dr John William Eastgate, a consultant at Princess Margaret's Hospital in Swindon, told police and child services of his concerns without consulting the girl's parents. The girl, referred to as Miss A, later made accusations to child services against three other men, including her father. None were substantiated. Miss A's family later complained to the GMC.

    Miss A saw Dr …

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