Parents Against Injustice
Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, is worried about being shot at when he
puts his head above the parapet and gives expert evidence for the
""My feeling was ‘why take the risk of losing my livelihood?’" This is how Terence
Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health,
explained why he decided five years ago to turn down requests to be an expert
witness in cases where parents are suspected of making up or causing their
It now seems that expert witnesses for the defence are risking their livelihoods
too ... as this article in the 'New Scientist' all too graphically
"A PATHOLOGIST in the UK who argues that the trademark triad of symptoms of "shaken
baby syndrome" (SBS) can have an innocent cause has been prevented from
testifying in court as an expert witness ... The fear of similar outcomes means
that British-based pathologists who dispute SBS are unwilling to take on cases
of alleged child abuse. "It means that no one will take any head injury cases,"
said one, who asked not to be named. "If you disagree with the prosecution, you
risk being called before the GMC.""
I feel sure that the current president of the RCPCH will be outraged at the
injustice this represents and make vigorous representations to the GMC on behalf
of a fellow doctor and expert witness so unjustly treated..
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