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Judge rules that paediatrician who was criticised as an expert witness can be named

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 13 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3015
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A consultant paediatrician who was criticised by a judge over his report as an expert witness in a suspected case of fabricated or induced illness can be named and his report disclosed, the senior family judge in England and Wales has ruled.

Nicholas Wall, president of the High Court’s family division, granted an application by Brian Morgan, a freelance journalist, to be allowed to name the paediatrician, who was an expert in care proceedings brought three years ago by Coventry City Council.

The council proposed removing three children, two of whom have special needs, from their parents after receiving a report from the paediatrician, Dipak Kanabar, suggesting that the mother had exaggerated her children’s symptoms and sought numerous medical …

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