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Death of “no comment”?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 11 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:649
  1. Caroline White, freelance journalist
  1. London

    Are doctors under media scrutiny ready to bite back?

    The past few months have not been good for British paediatrics. Serial allegations by parents, and last month's announcement of a review of more than 250 parental convictions for killing their children, have focused intense media scrutiny on the credibility, competence, and motives of some of the country's leading paediatricians involved in child protection work. And a survey from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health published this week shows that some paediatricians have received death threats.

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of individual cases, there is growing concern in the specialty that doctors involved in such emotive and contentious issues are being repeatedly tried in the court of public opinion. And they are found to be severely wanting before their cases can be heard without prejudice in any legal or …

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