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Monday, April 25, 2005

What if you can't trust the experts?

Here's an eye-opening story from the Telegraph in the UK. A pediatrician charged with investigating sexual abuse 'exaggerated medical reports'.
A paediatrician compiled exaggerated medical reports that caused two nursery nurses to be wrongly accused of leading a paedophile ring, the General Medical Council heard yesterday.

Dr Camille De San Lazaro has admitted that she "overstated and exaggerated" accounts of sexual abuse while investigating claims against Dawn Reed and Christopher Lillie, who worked at Shieldfield, a social services nursery in Newcastle.

Dr Lazaro, 49, examined 53 children from the nursery in 1993 and 1994, and claimed that several showed signs of being abused.

Miss Reed and Mr Lillie were charged with indecently assaulting the children, but were cleared of all charges. Five years later Newcastle city council released a report using Dr Lazaro's opinions, which said they were guilty of leading a paedophile ring.

The pair later won £200,000 damages in a libel action against the report's authors when the High Court found the accusations were untrue.

Dr Lazaro appeared before a fitness to practise hearing at the GMC in Manchester yesterday accused of "inappropriate, irresponsible and unprofessional conduct".

The hearing was told that she had made a catalogue of errors in reports of examinations on the alleged abuse victims.
How many other doctors 'act as advocates' to help parents with compensation claims?