Thursday, 27 November 2008

Baby P doctor suspended by GMC (BBC News)

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A doctor who failed to spot Baby P's broken ribs and back during an examination has been suspended by the General Medical Council (GMC).
Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat missed the injuries days before the 17-month-old boy died in a blood-splattered cot following abuse from his mother, her boyfriend and their lodger Jason Owen.
The GMC said its Interim Orders Panel had decided to suspend Dr Al-Zayyat's registration.
"Investigations are ongoing and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage," it said.
Baby P died in a blood-spattered cot in Haringey, north London, in August last year despite 60 visits from the authorities over eight months.
His mother, her boyfriend and Owen, 36, will be sentenced at the Old Bailey on December 15 for causing or allowing the child's death.
Earlier, Barnardo's chief executive Martin Narey warned that child poverty was linked to offending and had to be tackled.
The former Prison Service boss suggested Baby P could have become "feral, a parasite, a yob, helping to infest our streets" if he had lived.
Mr Narey used Baby P as an example of a disadvantaged child who may have gone on to offend and be locked up as a result of his background.
"It is very significant that last week, I, along with the whole country, was shocked by the tragic events surrounding Baby P," he said.
"It saddens me that the probability is that, had Baby P survived, given his own deprivation, he might have been unruly by the time he had reached the age of 13 or 14.
"At which point he'd have become feral, a parasite, a yob, helping to infest our streets. The response to his criminal behaviour would have been to lock him up - but we believe these children deserve better."

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