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Paediatrician struck off by GMC


5 December, 2007  

A controversial hospital paediatrician has been struck off the medical register for serious professional misconduct.

Dr David Southall was told that he has “deep-seated attitudinal problems” by the General Medical Council (GMC).

A Fitness to Practise Panel found the 59-year-old guilty of falsely accusing a grieving mother of drugging and murdering her 10-year-old son.

It comes three years after he was found guilty of the same charge after he accused the husband of solicitor Sally Clark of murdering their children.

He was banned from working on child abuse cases for three years in 2004 after the GMC ruled he had been irresponsible by claiming Mr Clark had murdered his young sons.

Panel chairman Dr Jacqueline Mitton told Dr Southall: “The panel has concluded that you have deep-seated attitudinal problems and that your misconduct is so serious that it is fundamentally incompatible with your continuing to be a registered medical practitioner.”

She added: “The panel is particularly concerned by your lack of insight into the multiplicity of your failings over a long period.”

Dr Southall worked as a consultant paediatrician at the Royal Brompton Hospital in west London from 1982, and held the same post at North Staffordshire Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent in 1992.

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