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Letters Open letter to the GMC

GMC statement does not reflect actions

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:232
  1. John Bridson, chair
  1. 1Professionals Against Child Abuse, Childhealth Advocacy International, Nottingham NG1 5BB
  1. john.bridson{at}

    Catto says that nothing could be further from the truth than the perception that the General Medical Council (GMC) is somehow determined unfairly to persecute paediatricians involved in child protection work (second letter). However, although the GMC made a similar response to the Guardian in April after our article in Pediatrics,1 2 a recent GMC panel in David Southall’s case produced a perverse and erroneous determination.3 We do not consider therefore that the GMC’s statement is yet reflected in its actions.

    The GMC’s actions have included:

    • A failure to acknowledge that it was wrong in stating that Meadow’s “conduct was fundamentally incompatible with what is expected by the public from a registered medical practitioner,” given …

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