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Baby P doctor is allowed to remove herself from medical register

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1015
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The paediatrician accused of missing Baby P’s broken back two days before he was found dead has been allowed to avoid a public misconduct hearing by removing herself voluntarily from the UK medical register.

A General Medical Council fitness to practise panel accepted that Sabah Al-Zayyat was too ill to attend a hearing, that her absence was “genuine and involuntary,” and that in the “exceptional” circumstances of the case she should be permitted to take her name off the register.

Dr Al-Zayyat was working as a locum consultant paediatrician at the child development clinic at St Ann’s Hospital in north London …

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