18/12/2003

Cot death expert to face professional conduct inquiry

The expert witness at the centre of a number of high-profile cases brought against women charged with killing their infants is to face a professional conduct inquiry.

The General Medical Council (GMC), who announced that Professor Sir Roy Meadow would be investigated by a committee, said that if proven the allegations would "raise a question of professional misconduct".

Three cases have led to calls for closer examination of the scientific evidence presented as part of the prosecution cases.

The most recent high-profile cases that Professor Meadow was involved in was the trial of Angela Cannings, the mother cleared last week on charges of murdering her two infant sons. Evidence from Professor Meadow was also presented as part of the prosecution cases brought against mothers Trupti Patel and Sally Clark who were also cleared of similar charges.

The professional conduct inquiry will be held next year. Investigations into the allegations against Professor Meadow are continuing and the GMC has declined further comment on the issue.

(SP)

Related UK National News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

17 February 2006
Sir Roy Meadow wins appeal
Paediatrician Professor Sir Roy Meadow has won his appeal against being struck off the medical register at the High Court today. Sir Roy, 72, was struck off the register last year, after the General Medical Council found him guilty of serious professional misconduct over evidence he provided during the trial of Sally Clark.
09 December 2010
NHS Efficiency And Quality Threatened By Cuts
The health service will struggle to protect quality and find efficiency savings if cuts to the protected time senior doctors can devote to the improvement of services continue, the BMA says today.
14 December 2009
Training Review Slammed: BMA
Top UK doctors are criticising the government for a scheme they said actually threatens to cut millions of pounds from junior doctor training. The British Medical Association's (BMA) Junior Doctor Committee (JDC) has today called on the Department of Health to halt a review of funding for its training procedures.
26 October 2006
GMC wins appeal on expert testimony
Regulatory bodies will be able to discipline expert witnesses who give flawed evidence, following a ruling by the Court of Appeal.
07 October 2003
Government welcomes rise in vocational degree places
The government has said that there will be an extra 10,000 places on foundation degree courses next year, "giving more people a chance to study for a vocationally-focused higher education qualification".
29 June 2015
Dog Attacks On Postal Workers Decreases - Royal Mail
Dog attacks on postal workers has fallen 10% in the past year, according to the Royal Mail. Between 2014-2015, the number of attacks on postmen and women fell from over 3,300 to more than 2,900. The Royal Mail has suggested the decreased figure is due to a reform to the Dangerous Dog Act in England and Wales in May 2014.
08 January 2015
Oldham Athletic Drops Deal To Sign Ched Evans
Oldham Athletic has dropped the deal to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans. The football club has not commented on the issue. However Evans has apologised n a statement through the PFA. He said: I an grateful for the support of the PFA in helping me try to return to football and continue my career.
21 October 2013
French Travellers Take Over Hospital Staff Car Park
A number of French travellers in 14 caravans have taken up residence in the staff car park of Royal Gwent Hospital, with hundreds of NHS staff turned away from the site.
08 August 2013
Convicted Murder Drops Innocence Claims And Confesses 12 Years On
A convicted murder who maintained his innocence for ten years has admitted that he did in fact commit the crime he was convicted of. 35-year-old Simon Hall, was jailed for life in 2003 for the murder of 79-year-old Joan Albert at her home in Capel St Mary, Suffolk.
25 April 2013
England Roll Out MMR Vaccination Campaign
One million schoolchildren in England will be targeted in an vaccination campaign in an effort to curb the increase of the ongoing measles outbreak.
23 May 2008
Oral HRT 'Doubles' Blood Clot Risk, Says Study
Oral HRT doubles the risk of blood clots, according to a study by the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), is regularly prescribed to women suffering from the effects of the menopause.
22 August 2007
Barry George Refused Bail In Dando Appeal Case
Barry George, the man convicted of murdering TV presenter Jill Dando, has been refused bail ahead of his second appeal hearing. The appeal will be made in November at the Court of Appeal, following a referral by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
20 June 2007
Second appeal granted in Jill Dando murder case
Barry George, the man convicted of murdering television presenter Jill Dando, has won the right to a second appeal. The case was referred to the Court of Appeal following a review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
08 December 2003
Ruth Ellis' murder conviction upheld
The murder conviction of the last woman to be hanged in Britain, Ruth Ellis, has been upheld today at the Court of Appeal. The appeal was dismissed after judges ruled that no new evidence had been presented and the appeal was consequently "without merit".
15 December 2008
Vomit Bug Warning
There are fears a miserable vomiting bug could grip England over the festive period, according to a top GP. The doctor has warned those inflected with the virus to stay in doors to avoid the risk of an outbreak, which could force hospitals to close wards in order to limit contamination.