Review of child care cases finds few instances that raise “serious doubt”BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7477.1256-d (Published 25 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1256
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
An official review of more than 30 000 cases of children in England and Wales who were either taken from their parents and put into care or are currently involved in care proceedings has found just a handful of cases that raise serious doubts about the reliability of disputed medical evidence.
In only one case so far has a care plan for a child been changed as a result of the review.
The results show that media speculation that some 5000 care orders might be reopened on the basis of flawed medical advice was seriously wide of …