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Doctor who gave expert advice in “shaken baby” cases is struck off

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 22 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1682

A more recent News story on this case is available (BMJ 2016;355:i5985)

  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A leading paediatric neuropathologist has been struck off the United Kingdom’s medical register for repeatedly giving misleading and dishonest evidence to the courts in so called “shaken baby” cases.

Waney Squier, 68, from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, was a frequent expert witness for parents accused of injuring or killing their babies by deliberate acts. She raised the possibility of different causes, such as choking, for injuries that other experts attributed to abusive head trauma.

The medical practitioners’ tribunal gave Squier credit for her “eminent work as a neuropathologist of national and international standing” and acknowledged testimonials declaring that she had been “scrupulously honest” in her work outside the court environment. The …

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