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MP's motion to release baby files
Professor David Southall

Case notes on thousands of babies created by a controversial paediatrician should be released to their families, an MP has said.

John Hemming tabled a Commons motion asking the University Hospital of North Staffordshire to release the notes by Professor David Southall.

Prof Southall is a leading baby expert, but was disciplined last year over his role in a infant death case.

Mr Hemming said his view was backed by the government's top health adviser.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Yardley Birmingham stated that it was the view of Sir Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer for England and Wales, that the case files should be given to patients.

The motion also said it "regretted" that the University Hospital of North Staffordshire National Health Service Trust had not given the files to patients and called for it to rectify the situation.

Professional backing

Mr Hemming said that if families asked for the files they were given them, but most families did not even know the records existed.

The notes are on patients across England and Wales.

Prof Southall was found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council (GMC) after accusing the husband of Sally Clark of murdering their children.

Following the ruling, he was suspended from child protection work for three years.

However, Prof Southall has said the GMC was not best placed to deal with such a case.

During the GMC hearing he was backed by 85 leading professionals who said he should continue working.

And despite the serious conduct verdict he was retained by the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent because of his expertise in treating sick children.


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