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Southall ‘acted inappropriately’

20th February 2007

Controversial paediatrician Professor David Southall has once again come under fire and faces a General Medical Council hearing in November.


The Attorney General has decided to review cases in which the professor has been accused of acting ‘inappropriately’.  It is alleged that he kept around 4,450 ‘special’ case files on children which were not stored on the child's proper hospital file. Some of the cases later involved a criminal prosecution. 

The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, said he was trying to ascertain the extent to which Professor Southall failed to disclose information.  "I have therefore decided that I will conduct an assessment of the cases where Professor Southall was instructed as a prosecution witness to determine if any 'special case' files existed in any cases involving criminal proceedings. Once that assessment has been completed, I will decide what, if any, further review is required," he said.

The review, which will be carried out by the Attorney General together with the Crown Prosecution Service, will span the last decade.  While Professor Southall has refused to comment on the review, Frances Swaine, a solicitor representing families who had children taken away from them after the professor gave evidence in their cases, welcomed the Attorney General's investigation. “It's absolutely crucial to be able to find out what happened,â€? she said.

Professor Southall has courted controversy throughout his career.  He narrowly escaped being struck off the medical register in 2005 after he accused solicitor Sally Clark's husband of murdering their sons.  However, his pioneering work into Munchausen's syndrome by proxy has been praised by many child health professionals.


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Wednesday 21st February 2007 @ 9:34

There is much misinformation out there about Dr Southall - and now there is more. The GMC hearing into this subject of 'special case' files does not begin in November, as you state - it is already under way and was merely adjourned (conveniently, for Dr Southall's critics) after the prosecution had been heard, but not his defence. This makes the Attorney-General's intervention at this stage of the proceedings even more remarkable. Further more, your report appears to have rendered Goldsmith's investigation redundant. Your writer states: "Some of the cases later involved a criminal prosecution without Professor Southall’s files being taken into consideration." Really? I think you'll find that is precisely what Goldsmith is setting out to determine. Read the Attorney General's full statement - and other documents and articles that examine other issues related to the insidious campaign against child protection in the UK - at www.gornall.info

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Title: Southall ‘acted inappropriately’
Author: Chris May
Article Id: 2051
Date Added: 20th Feb 2007


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