Sunday, 11 December 2016

Controversial SBS doctor wins appeal

"Dr Waney Squier is back to work at last. A world expert on babies’ brains, she relished her return this week to the hospital where she first thought the unthinkable: that hundreds of British parents over four decades have been wrongly accused of killing their children by shaking them."

"After going public with this controversial view, she was considered a thorn in the side of the child protection and medical establishment, and was even accused of being an apologist for real abusers."

"Early in 2010, the mild-mannered neuro-pathologist, now 68, was reported to the General Medical Council by police for ‘deliberately misleading’ judges and juries in Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) cases."

"This led to a long-winded disciplinary inquiry and, in March this year, she was struck off the medical register."

"It was only after a successful appeal to the High Court last month that she was reinstated as a doctor, although the judge barred her from giving evidence in SBS cases for the next three years..."

"Dr Squier’s opinion has just gained credence from the most important piece of research on SBS to have been published for 40 years."

"Top health and ethics investigators in Sweden have concluded there is no science to prove, incontrovertibly, that the syndrome actually exists."

"The Swedish research challenges the long-accepted wisdom that a ‘triad’ of symptoms swelling of the baby’s brain, bleeding on the brain’s surface, and bleeding behind the eyes are concrete evidence that a baby or young child has been deliberately shaken..."

"In Britain, it is estimated that 250 SBS cases go through the criminal and family courts each year."

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