UK paediatric surgeon wins libel damagesBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7167.1175b (Published 31 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1175
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A British paediatric surgeon won what his solicitor described as “substantial” libel damages from the Express newspaper last week for a front page story accusing him of cancelling an NHS operation on a 21 month old baby and then offering to do it privately.
Simon Huddart, clinical director of paediatric surgery at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, also collected damages and apologies from other newspapers for the story, which originated in an agency report.
In a statement read out in the High Court …