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Pathologist in Sally Clark murder case is charged with withholding vital evidence

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:216

Rapid Response:

Re: A Fatal Misdiagnosis

One would have thought that Michael D Innis, Directorate of Medisets,
(whatever his qualification which is not clear), would not rush into print
unless informed of the full medical facts. Clearly he is not. As a
former professional police officer, as the father of the innocent victim,
indeed, as a patient, I find it inconceivable that there are people in the
medical world who seem quite relaxed to go public on major issues
prematurely. Without any regard for the eleven experts with detailed
knowledge who thought differently. Then to fly their own kite of theory.

Dame Janet Smith is right - there is an urgent need to tighten up on
this. Meanwhile we the victims stand helplessly by short of going to law
which we we want desperately to avoid.

Frank Lockyer

Competing interests:
Father of Sally Clark. Former Chief Supt of Police

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 February 2005
Frank Lockyer
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