GMC drops charges against paediatrician in Climbié caseBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.643-b (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:643
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A consultant paediatrician who failed to diagnose sores and scars on the severely abused Victoria Climbié's 8 year old body as intentional injuries had charges of serious professional misconduct against her dropped by the UK General Medical Council last week.
Dr Ruby Schwartz's failure to alert social services to signs of abuse led to the child's return to the abusers who killed her.
Victoria had been taken to the Central Middlesex Hospital in July 1999 after waking up crying out with pain at her childminder's home in north London. Sores on her face and fingers oozed pus.
Dr Schwartz's diagnosis of scabies was decisive in discouraging police and …