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Doctor accused of exaggerating child sexual abuse

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1044
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    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 …

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