Parents Angered Over Delay In Epilepsy Doctor's Discipline
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 25, 2005
LEICESTER, ENGLAND--A General Medical Council panel held a hearing on April 18 over whether 52-year-old Dr. Andrew Holton should be allowed to continue practicing medicine.
Holton worked as a neurology consultant at Leicester Royal Infirmary for 11 years beginning in 1990. He was suspended in May 2001 following complaints from parents and pediatricians about his rude behavior and high rate of epilepsy diagnoses.
An internal hospital investigation then found Holton had misdiagnosed epilepsy in 618 of 1,948 children he had treated, and had improperly prescribed high doses of epilepsy medications for 500 children. The Department of Health later found complaints and concerns about Holton dating back to 1995, and learned that he often prescribed up to five anti-convulsant drugs to the same child at a time.
According to Life Style Extra, hundreds of parents of those children protested outside the council. They expressed anger at the long period of time it has taken for the case to be heard.
The panel could decide by May 5 to suspend his license or place limitations on his ability to practice.
"Parents protest against epilepsy doctor at GMC" (Life Style Extra)