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Exonerated psychiatrist criticises GMC for being ill informed

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3002
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A psychiatrist who was cleared of misconduct in a child protection case after five and a half years has spoken of the “frightening” experience of facing fitness to practise proceedings brought by the General Medical Council.

George Hibbert, 61, has spoken after the GMC decided to drop charges that had been outstanding relating to a second case dating back to 2006.

Dubbed “the doctor who broke up families” by the Daily Mail, Hibbert carried out parenting assessments of mothers whose cases were referred by the family courts.

In an echo of the case of the child protection paediatrician David Southall, who was struck off by the GMC …

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