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GP who downplayed symptoms of boy who died from Addison’s disease is suspended

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6678 (Published 25 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6678
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A GP who gave wrongly dated and misleading medical notes to police inquiring into the death of a 12 year old boy from undiagnosed Addison’s disease has been suspended from the UK medical register for nine months.

Ryan Morse died in the early hours of 8 December 2012, hours after his mother rang the local Blaenau Gwent surgery twice in a day, reporting high temperature, extreme drowsiness, and involuntary bowel movement. The second time, she spoke to GP Joanne Rudling, telling her that the boy’s genitals had turned black.

But Rudling failed to check the notes of the first call or give adequate weight to the fact that the mother was calling again, the tribunal found. She failed to obtain an adequate history or reach an appropriate conclusion about the change in genital colour, failed to offer a home visit or recommend …

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