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GMC committee to announce sanction on Baby P doctor

16 July 2010

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A GP is to learn whether he will be struck off after failing to spot Baby P was suffering abuse eight days before the toddler’s death.

Dr Jerome Ikwueke, 63, saw the child for the last time on July 26, 2007, and noted that he had changed from his usual happy self and seemed “withdrawn”.

Baby P – now named as Peter Connelly – died in Tottenham, north London, eight days after the consultation. He was just 17 months old.

A General Medical Council panel ruled at an earlier hearing that the doctor breached his professional duty towards the child in not carrying out a full examination, making an urgent referral for further checks or sharing information with a health visitor or social workers.

The GMC committee already found that Dr Ikwueke’s fitness to practise is impaired by his misconduct in Peter’s care, and will announce at a hearing in central London on Friday what sanction, if any, it is imposing on him.

Options open to the panel include striking the doctor off, suspending his registration temporarily and placing conditions on his registration.

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