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Child death expert provided “misleading and biased” evidence, panel hears

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 12 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5400
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A senior paediatric neuropathologist adopted a “preconceived and blinkered approach” when appearing as an expert witness in six “shaken baby” court cases, a fitness to practise panel heard this week.

The UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) has accused Waney Squier, who worked as a consultant at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, of acting outside her competence, failing to take account of other experts’ views, and misleadingly citing research that did not in fact support her conclusions. She denies the allegations.

Squier, 67, is also accused of providing an expert report for an appeal without disclosing that GMC …

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