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GMC changes its mind over allegations against anaesthetist

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 13 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:113
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A consultant anaesthetist who was told that she would not face charges of misconduct over allegations that she hastened the deaths of patients in the intensive care unit where she worked now faces a hearing after the General Medical Council changed its mind.

    The GMC has decided to go ahead with charges that Ann David made an “inappropriate and premature” decision to withdraw treatment from a comatose patient, Robert Symons; that she took the decision without consulting professional colleagues or the patient's relatives; and that she withdrew treatment in a way which “was inappropriate and brought Mr Symons' life to an end earlier than would …

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