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Defence questions validity of evidence against cardiologist facing charges of sex abuse

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2350
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An internationally renowned paediatric cardiologist who is facing allegations of sexual abuse of children at the General Medical Council is challenging a decision to admit hearsay evidence against him.

A barrister for Philipp Bonhoeffer, former head of cardiology at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, asked two judges at the High Court in London to quash the decision of a GMC fitness to practise panel as irrational and a breach of his right to a fair trial.

Professor Bonhoeffer, who is suspended from the medical register under an interim order and no longer works at Great Ormond Street, is one of the world’s …

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