Family doctor who saw Baby P at least 15 times is suspended

'Failed': Dr Jerome Ikwueke, who saw Baby P regularly in the months before his death, has been suspended

A family GP who saw Baby P at least 15 times in the months before his death has been suspended from working as a doctor.

Dr Jerome Ikwueke's registration has been suspended while a complaint against him is investigated, the General Medical Council has confirmed.

He could be struck off if the GMC investigation unearths evidence of gross misconduct.

Dr Ikwueke, 62, was the first doctor to raise the alarm over the toddler's abuse.

He referred Baby P to hospital in December 2006 and told paediatricians the boy had 'unexplained' injuries, adding: 'Full alert.'

It is thought, however, that the GMC may have been asked to investigate if he should have acted earlier to alert authorities about Baby P.

Dr Ikwueke is believed to have first seen Baby P in March 2006, three weeks after his birth.

But on October 13 his mother took him to the GP's surgery with bruises to his head and chest and said he had fallen downstairs.

Dr Ikwueke appeared to accept her explanation.

It was only when he saw Baby P on December 11 with bruises covering his shoulder and chest, and a two-inch swelling on his forehead that he sent the child to Whittington Hospital in North London.

His mother was arrested but a month later Baby P was returned to her. Dr Ikwueke also referred him to hospital for his injuries in April 2007.

Finally, the GP saw Baby P eight days before his death, when he was bleeding from his ear.

On this occasion, however, he did not refer the child to hospital. The GMC may also consider if he should have acted then.

Baby P, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found dead in his cot on August 3, 2007.

His mother, 28, her boyfriend, 32, and their lodger Jason Owen are all due to be sentenced later this year for causing or allowing his death.

A GMC spokesman refused to reveal who had complained about the Dr Ikwueke or if the investigation was linked to the Baby P case.

The GP, who qualified as a doctor in Nigeria, has been registered with the GMC since 1984. He was unavailable for comment last night .

Paediatrician Sabah Al-Zayyat has been suspended since November over the Baby P case while the GMC decides if she should face a hearing.