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Child death expert is accused of dishonesty and failing to work within competence

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 16 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5669
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

One of the United Kingdom’s leading paediatric neuropathologists, who has testified in dozens of cases in which parents have been accused of harming their babies by shaking, has been accused of dishonesty by the General Medical Council.

The GMC alleges that Waney Squier, 66, who works part time for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, “failed to discharge her duties as an expert in that she failed to work within the limits of her competence, to be objective and unbiased, and to pay due regard to the views of other experts.”

The regulator claims that her actions as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases between 2007 and 2010 were “deliberately misleading, dishonest, and brought the reputation of the medical profession into disrepute.” …

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