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Epilepsy specialist loses appeal

23rd November 2006

A doctor who misdiagnosed hundreds of children with epilepsy has lost his legal challenge against a GMC ruling.

Dr Andrew Holton gave wrong diagnoses of epilepsy to 618 children in Leicestershire between 1990 and 2001. He was suspended by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in May 2001.

Last year, the General Medical Council (GMC) ruled his professional performance was deficient and imposed conditions on his registration.

Now the High Court has dismissed his appeal, but have ruled that some of the conditions should be changed.

The GMC's Fitness to Practise Panel ruled the consultant paediatrician should be retrained and work in a different speciality and undergo regular checks. It also ruled he should not work with children.

But the GMC had also restricted Dr Holton to the West Midlands area, and his new field of practice, which although still in paediatrics, was not linked to epilepsy.

The judge, Mr Justice Burnton will now draw up new conditions relating to these rulings.

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