Southall faces calls to be struck off

    A paediatrician who has refused to apologise for accusing the
    husband of Sally Clark of killing their sons has appeared in the
    High Court to face calls he should be struck off,
    writes Sally Gillen.

    David Southall, who made the accusations after watching a
    documentary in 2000, was found guilty of serious professional
    misconduct and banned from child protection work for three years by
    the General Medical Council last August.

    But the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence applied to
    the High Court for a review of the GMC’s ruling, arguing it
    was “unduly lenient”.

    Barrister Monica Carlss-Fisk, for the CHRE, said Southall had
    shown “arrogance” and “irresponsibility”
    over his conduct.

    Mark Shaw QC, for Southall, argued he had made just one mistake
    and the punishment received was more than enough.

    Mr Justice Collins reserved his decision.


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