Doctor accused of exaggerating child sexual abuseBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1044-e (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1044
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A consultant paediatrician last week admitted submitting “overstated, exaggerated, and emotive” medical reports on children to support compensation claims for sexual abuse. Camille San Lazaro, a child abuse specialist, made the admission at a General Medical Council hearing in Manchester, where she faces charges of serious professional misconduct. Dr Lazaro examined 53 children from Shieldfield nursery in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1993-4 and wrote reports for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority supporting their claims for compensation.
Two nursery nurses, Christopher Lillie and Dawn Reed, were accused of abuse in a 1998 report by …