GMC finds Baby Peter’s GP guilty of breaches of professional duty

Baby Peter’s GP Dr Jerome Ikwueke has been found guilty by the General Medical Council (GMC) of a series of breaches of his professional duty.

The GMC’s Fitness to Practice Panel found that he failed to pass on information about the toddler’s injuries to child protection specialists or consider the possibility that he was the victim of abuse.

The panel also found that he failed to make an adequate record of a consultation with the toddler or investigate his mother’s suggestion that he bruised easily.

Dr Ikwueke is currently suspended. A decision on whether to ban him from practising will be taken by the panel next week.

The case against a second doctor involved in the case is still adjourned. Consultant paediatrician Sabah Al-Zayyat is accused of also failing to spot signs of abuse, but has not been able to attend a hearing due to mental health problems. No date for a hearing has been set.