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November 21, 2002

Doctor in abuse case allegations suspended


A LEADING consultant paediatrician has been suspended from clinical practice and is to be investigated by the General Medical Council over her role in a child abuse scandal.

Camille San Lazaro has had to leave her posts at Newcastle University and the city’s Royal Victoria Infirmary pending an inquiry into her involvement in false allegations of abuse at a local nursery school.

Her suspension comes after a High Court hearing this year at which two former nursery workers, Christopher Lillie and Dawn Reed, were each awarded £200,000 in libel damages after they were wrongly branded as paedophiles in a report commissioned by Newcastle City Council that drew heavily on Dr San Lazaro’s opinions.

She examined 53 children at the council-run Shieldfield Nursery and concluded that several showed signs of sexual or other abuse. During the High Court case, however, she admitted that there were inaccuracies in her report and that she had given exaggerated accounts to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board after acting as an “advocate” to help parents with claims.

Dr San Lazaro, a paediatrician for more than 30 years, was appointed OBE in 1999 for services in the care of sexually abused children.

 

 

 

 

 

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