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Southall denies accusing a mother of murdering her son

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1190
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    The paediatrician David Southall, who is facing charges of serious professional misconduct at the General Medical Council, last week denied that he had accused a mother of murdering her 10 year old son.

    Professor Southall is accused of abusing his position and adding to the distress of a bereaved patient during a 1998 interview with the child's mother, referred to as Mrs M. Her son, named only as M1, was found hanged in his bedroom in 1996. A police investigation led to no charges, and an inquest returned an open …

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