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GMC ban appeal by Southall

31st March 2009

Dr David Southall, a paediatrician, has started an appeal against a ruling by the General Medical Council (GMC) which struck him off the medical register.


In December 2007, the GMC decided that Dr Southall had committed serious professional misconduct because of the doctor's accusation that Mandy Morris had murdered her son Lee.

The GMC said his words had caused additional suffering to Mrs Morris, whose son killed himself in 1996.

Dr Southall had been asked by Shropshire County Council to compile an independent report for the court.

The doctor's appeal challenging the GMC decision is being held at the High Court in London.

Stephen Miller QC, who represents Dr Southall, said the doctor was worried that the GMC disciplinary panel "did not really understand" the role paediatricians carried out in child protection services.

Mr Miller added that it could be the case that the panel was incorrect to decide that the doctor had made an accusation to Mrs Morris and that it had not gathered sufficient evidence.

Dr Southall had previously been found guilty of serious professional misconduct in 2004, when he made an accusation in the case of woman who had been imprisoned following her two sons' deaths.

He said that her husband was the killer of the two children and was suspended from working in child protection for three years.

Dr Southall is known as an expert in Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, a disorder which causes parents to make their children ill so that people pay attention to them.


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