Making allegations without due care is wrongBMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7506.1508 (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1508
- Peter J Stephens, forensic pathologist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 100 Club Drive, Suite 135, Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
EDITOR—Dyer reported that parents wrongfully accused of child abuse cannot sue doctors.1 When doctors are required to report abuse but are given unlimited immunity for reporting a suspicion of child abuse, over-reporting seems likely. The most serious problem arises when suspicions become formal diagnoses.
In my practice, I regularly see charts in which the first person to raise …