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Doctor who denies shaken baby syndrome struck off by MPTS over court evidence

A leading expert in children’s brain development who denies the existence of shaken baby syndrome has been banned from practising as a doctor after being found guilty of misleading the courts in six cases where infants died.

Dr Waney Squier, a consultant neuropathologist at the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford, has been struck off the medical register after being found to have lied and given misleading evidence in court.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, the disciplinary arm of the General Medical Council, said on Monday that it had no option but to end Squier’s medical career given her serial dishonesty.

The tribunal’s five-page explanation of its decision was scathing about Squier’s conduct as an expert witness in six cases involving the deaths of babies aged between one month and 19 months with brain injuries at either the Old Bailey or the high court.

“Your reports supported meretricious appeals, giving false hope to parents. Your evidence was given in very serious cases, based on a highly controversial subject and with great public interest.

“Your deliberately misleading and dishonest evidence in court had the potential to subvert the course of justice.”

Read more in The Guardian.

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