Daughter given treatment but no explanation

Re the articles (WDDTY, vol 12 no 5) on thyroxine sodium, our daughter has been prescribed this (and anhydrous levothyroxine sodium and anhydrous thyroxine sodium) from birth.

A doctor who expressed the same opinion as Dr Peatfield was reported by the NHS consultant to the GMC. The doctor was also instructed not to involve himself in the case for two years.

We have never been informed of any side-effects, yet a leaflet enclosed with the latest supply of tablets confirms Doris Jones’ comments.

Worst of all, when my partner (who was worried about these tablets) reduced the prescribed dose, she told the consultant what she had done and why, but there was a deliberate intention to not discuss this issue; for 10 weeks, the consultant made no attempt to contact us.

Then, as a result of a blood test, he called in social services, who could find nothing wrong. The result is that we have been forced to follow in full a treatment that the hospital still refuses to discuss.

We are interested in any further information anyone might have on this subject.- Adrian Mashford, via e-mail

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