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Second Baby P doctor suspended

PUBLISHED: 11:37 24 February 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 07 September 2010

Charlotte Newton A SECOND Haringey doctor who treated Baby P has been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC). GP Dr Jerome Ikwueke was suspended by the GMC last Tuesday (February 19) for 18 months, after Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust refer

Charlotte Newton

A SECOND Haringey doctor who treated Baby P has been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC).

GP Dr Jerome Ikwueke was suspended by the GMC last Tuesday (February 19) for 18 months, after Haringey Teaching Primary Care Trust referred him to the disciplinary board.

It has been reported that Dr Ikwueke, who worked at the Grove Road Surgery in Tottenham, saw the little boy 14 times before his death in August 2007.

The child suffered more than 50 injuries at the hands of his mother, her lover and their lodger.

An spokeswoman for NHS Haringey, said: "NHS Haringey confirms that it suspended Dr Jerome Ikwueke on January 28 and referred him to the GMC who have now suspended him from its register.

"This follows matters referred to our attention. As it is now a GMC process, this is confidential until a full hearing takes place."

She added: "Dr Ikwueke's practice at Grove Road Surgery, Haringey continues to see patients as normal with services being provided by other GPs arranged by NHS Haringey. Dr Ikwueke's suspension does not relate to any issue that might affect the wellbeing of patients using his surgery."

In November 2008, Dr Sabah al-Zayyat, a consultant paediatrician, who worked at St Ann's Hospital in Tottenham was suspended for 18 months by an interim order. She admitted that she did not examine the toddler during a consultation because he was "miserable and cranky". As a result, she may have failed to spot the little boy had a broken back - which would have left him paralysed from the waist down.

Although the panel is currently investigating both doctors on interim orders no suspension hearing date has been set. Legally, both cases must be reviewed within six months of the order being made.

Baby P's mother had pleaded guilty while her boyfriend and lodger Jason Owen, were convicted in November 2008, of causing the death of the boy.

His death caused a national outcry after it emerged that he had been seen 60 times by social workers and health professionals. It led to the sacking of the head of children's services, Sharon Shoesmith, the leader of Haringey Council, George Meehan, and the cabinet member for children and young people Cllr Liz Santry.


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