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GMC hears parents' complaints about Southall

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39035.474653.DB (Published 16 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1036
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

The paediatrician David Southall faced fresh charges before the General Medical Council this week over his investigations of parents whom he suspected of harming their children.

Professor Southall adopted the role of “detective or crown prosecutor” when interviewing the mother of a 10 year old boy who had been found hanging in his bedroom, alleged the GMC's counsel Richard Tyson QC. The GMC's charges allege that Professor Southall accused the woman of drugging and hanging her son, adding to the distress of a bereaved parent.

The boy, identified only as M1, died in June 1996, and his inquest ended in an open verdict. His …

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