Paediatrician cleared of serious professional misconductBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7447.1035-b (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1035
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A teenager who had been bedridden with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) for two years this week lost her High Court challenge to a decision by the General Medical Council to clear a paediatrician who tried to influence her treatment against her parents' wishes.
Lawyers for the 18 year old, named only as Miss A, argued that the decision to find Christopher Cheetham not guilty of serious professional misconduct was legally flawed because the GMC had not considered whether he had been acting in breach of confidence.
But the judge, Mr Justice Charles, said the GMC had been …