GMC strikes Southall off medical register for serious professional misconduct

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1174
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1London

    The paediatrician David Southall has been struck off the medical register by the General Medical Council after a hearing found that he inappropriately accused a mother of murdering her 10 year old child.

    Dr Southall, 59, was also found to have removed children’s medical records from hospital files and stored them where other care givers could not access them. The GMC’s disciplinary panel ruled that his acts amounted to serious professional misconduct.

    It is the second time that the GMC has found Dr Southall guilty of making inappropriate accusations of murder against a parent. He was barred from child protection work for three years in 2004 after he accused Steve Clark of murdering his son, having watched a television …

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