GP who looked after baby Peter missed opportunity to save him, GMC is told

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 15 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3211
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The GP who looked after the battered baby Peter Connolly missed a “unique opportunity to prevent the appalling abuse” inflicted on him just before his death, a General Medical Council panel was told this week.

    Jerome Ikwueke noted a marked change in the behaviour of the toddler when he saw him on 26 July 2007, eight days before he died at the age of 17 months.

    But he did not carry out a full examination, said Jeremy Donne QC, counsel for the GMC. Had he done so he might have discovered that the child had fractured ribs and injuries to some of his fingers, caused by his nails being forcibly pulled out.

    He was found dead …

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