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Paediatrician is criticised for failing to report on care cases

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 14 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1206
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A family court judge has criticised a consultant paediatrician in an open judgment after becoming “deeply concerned” about her behaviour as an expert witness in a child care case.1

Judge Clifford Bellamy said that Kathryn Ward, the expert jointly instructed by all the parties in the case of two brothers, had produced a series of excuses for not producing her reports and promises that she then failed to keep.

Six months after she was asked to report on one child, and four months after the instructions to report on the other, she had still not produced her reports or even seen the brothers and seemed to have spent “little if any time” reading their medical …

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