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GMC is tougher on child protection doctors than on those who access child porn, conference hears

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6562
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The consultant paediatrician David Southall has called for an inquiry into the General Medical Council’s treatment of doctors who work in child protection, as he faces a return bout before a GMC fitness to practise panel.

Dr Southall, who has had three GMC investigations into his work, made the call at an expert witness conference in central London on 12 November.

He contrasted the GMC’s treatment of doctors who aim to protect children with those who abet children’s abuse by accessing child pornography. Dr Southall and Roy Meadow, both leading experts in fabricated or induced illness, were ordered to be struck off the medical register by the GMC before being reinstated by the courts, while the council has allowed doctors who downloaded pornographic images of children to continue …

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