Paediatrician faces being struck off

    A paediatrician involved in the case of Sally Clark, who was
    cleared of killing her two sons in January 2003, appeared before
    the General Medical Council professional conduct committee this
    week charged with serious professional misconduct.

    David Southall, a doctor at City General Hospital in Stoke on
    Trent, Staffordshire, is alleged to have contacted the child
    protection unit of Staffordshire police in 2000 with concerns that
    Clark’s husband Stephen had suffocated one of his sons.

    Southall is alleged to have gained this impression from watching a
    Channel 4 documentary, Dispatches, on Sally Clark, who had
    been jailed the previous year.

    Southall is also charged with later writing a report on the case
    for solicitors without speaking to the Clarks or having access to
    court papers or medical records.

    If found guilty of the allegations, Southall could be struck off
    the medical register.

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