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Clark doctor to face complaints
Professor David Southall
Professor Southall arriving at the High Court
Complaints procedures against paediatrician Professor David Southall, which were halted pending a High Court hearing, are to resume.

The High Court has upheld a three-year ban preventing Professor David Southall working on child protection issues.

The professor from University Hospital North Staffordshire had wrongly accused a man of killing his children based on seeing a television interview with him.

Seven more complaints are to go before the General Medical Council (GMC).

'Devastated'

David Southall's allegations led to a GMC ruling that the paediatrician was guilty of serious professional misconduct.

On Thursday the High Court ruled that the GMC's decision not to strike him off was not unduly lenient, a ruling welcomed by his hospital's NHS Trust.

Justine Durkin from Saundby in Nottinghamshire, who was wrongly suspected of Munchausen's Disease by Proxy, was put under video surveillance and had her daughters placed in foster care.

I hope now we can all put our evidence before the GMC.
Janet Alexander
She told BBC News she was "devastated" by the High Court's decision not to allow stronger sanctions against Professor Southall.

"We all know that the end result that we'd like is for him to be struck off, although my personal opinion is that that's not good enough for him.

"But there is a lot more yet to come."

Prof Southall also wrongly claimed that Robin and Janet Alexander from Ludlow in Shropshire abused their baby son in 1987.

The couple both lost their jobs as a result of the accusation against them.

Mrs Alexander called the High Court ruling "interesting".

She said: "I hope now we can all put our evidence before the GMC, and David Southall's child abuse work can be reviewed fully."




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SEE ALSO:
Clark doctor judgement reserved
07 Mar 05 |  Health
GMC rules against paediatrician
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