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Paediatricians tell press they are innocent

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 05 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:361
  1. C Dyer
  1. BMJ.

    The two consultant paediatricians who ran the children's ward in the British hospital where nurse Beverley Allitt murdered four children and injured nine others spoke out publicly last week for the first time, insisting that they were not to blame for the tragedy. Dr Nelson Porter and Dr Charith Nanayakkara made their comments at a press conference at the British Medical Association's headquarters after newspaper reports that the official inquiry into the Allitt affair would single them out for blame. The two were flanked by Dr James Appleyard, a paediatrician in Kent, and David Southall, professor of paediatrics at Keele University, who urged that they should not be made scapegoats.

    Allitt, a state enrolled nurse, was given 13 life sentences last year for murdering four children, attempting to murder three, and causing grievous bodily harm …

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