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Judge criticises paediatrician for “overstating” sex abuse allegations

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 03 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:235
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A senior consultant paediatrician from the north of England was strongly criticised this week by a High Court judge when he awarded a total of £400000 ($625000; €636000) in libel damages to two former day nursery workers who were accused of sexually abusing their charges.

    In a case that carries echoes of the Cleveland child abuse scandal 15 years ago, when dozens of children were removed from their families, Mr Justice Eady said he was “entirely satisfied” …

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