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Birth defects centre opens

A multi-million pound research centre dedicated to investigating birth defects opens in the capital today.

The Newlife Birth Defects Research Centre is Europe's first centre to examine the diagnosis and treatment of birth defects.

The centre, based at University College London's Institute of Child Health, was funded through donations given to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity.

Professor Andrew Copp, head of the centre, said: "We are able to prevent only a very small number of birth defects. We remain ignorant of what actually causes common birth defects such as cleft palate, heart defects and spina bifida."

Ex-London cardiologist has 'behavioural problem'

A medical tribunal has found that eminent former Great Ormond Street cardiologist Philipp Bonhoeffer's fitness to practise was impaired after he was found guilty of molesting young boys.

The panel said that Bonhoeffer has a "deep seated behavioural problem" adding that the case represents one of the "most serious" forms of abuse.

The panel is of the view that Professor Bonhoeffer's case represents one of the most serious forms of abuse both of young boys and of his own privileged position as a member of the medical profession.

There can be no doubt that the serious misconduct found in this case establishes that Professor Bonhoeffer has in the past acted so as to put patients at risk, has damaged the reputation of the profession and has breached many fundamental tenets of the profession, including the requirement for integrity and trustworthiness.

– Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel chairman David Kyle

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Tribunal rules on ex-Great Ormond Street cardiologist

A medical tribunal has found that an eminent former Great Ormond Street cardiologist's fitness to practise is impaired after he was found guilty of molesting young boys.

Philipp Bonhoeffer, who was dismissed from the hospital in May 2010, was adjudged to have inappropriately touched a boy aged 10 in France in 1997.

The doctor, who was also found to have behaved in an inappropriate manner towards youngsters in Kenya, faces being struck off the medical register after the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service found him guilty of inappropriate and sexually motivated conduct.

Plan for NHS Hospitals abroad

A number of London hospitals are to be invited by the Government to set up profit-making branches abroad to raise funds for patients at home and raise the international profile of the health service.

Officials from the Department of Health and UK Trade and Industry will launch the joint scheme this autumn, which will aim to build links between hospitals wishing to expand and foreign governments which want access to British health services.

Under the programme, hospitals including Great Ormond Street, the Royal Marsden and Guy's and St Thomas' could create new branches.

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