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Psychiatrist failed to follow guidance on interviewing child witnesses, GMC hears

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4669
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A consultant child psychiatrist failed in her duty as an expert witness in a case of suspected child sex abuse, a General Medical Council fitness to practise panel was told.

    Diana Bazeley-White asked the 5 year old alleged victim leading questions that suggested she had been sexually abused, wrongly described the girl’s answers to a social worker on a previous occasion as “spontaneous,” and produced a report that provided no helpful evidence on the issues, the panel …

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