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Paediatrician David Southall is restored to the medical register

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 04 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2448
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The child protection paediatrician David Southall is free to practise again after the UK Court of Appeal quashed the General Medical Council’s decision to strike him off the medical register for accusing a mother of drugging and murdering her son.

    In an addendum to its judgment last month allowing his appeal and overturning a High Court judgment in the GMC’s favour (BMJ 2010;340:c2195, 20 Apr, doi:10.1136/bmj.c2195), the three appeal court judges also quashed the finding that he had made the accusation.

    He maintained—backed up by a social worker who was at the interview in 1998—that he had not accused the mother, Mandy Morris, of murder and that her belief that she had been accused was a misperception.

    The judges, who allowed the …

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