Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

News Extra [these Stories Appear Only On The Web]

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: Re: A Fatal Misdiagnosis

With all due regard for Frank Lockyer's feelings - and his daughter's
obvious innocence - it seems a little unreasonable for him to claim that
Michael Innis's intervention is premature given that the evidence is in
the public domain, has been extensively commented upon including by
himself in these columns, and there is also a family authorised book on
the case.

The reluctance of the courts in this country to accept evidence
relating to possible medically induced events does not assist justice and
has far wider implications. We live with this absurd fiction that
vaccines, unlike all other medical products, are 100% safe - and this
seems to have been the remarkable premise on which the case was heard.

Competing interests:
Parent of an autistic child who suffered an adverse reaction to DPT

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 February 2005
John Stone
London N22