GMC faces potential legal challenge over failure to investigate alleged cover-up

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b699
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The General Medical Council is facing a High Court challenge over its refusal to investigate allegations of a cover-up by doctors after the death of a 10 year old boy from Addison’s disease in 1990.

    The campaign group Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is to ask the court next week for permission to seek a judicial review of the GMC’s refusal to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Robbie Powell.

    Five general practitioners at a health centre in Ystradgynlais, Powys, and a consultant paediatrician at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, had seen Robbie in the weeks before his death but failed to diagnose Addison’s disease, which is rare in children. …

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