Baby P doctor removed from medical register

Haringey Independent: Baby P doctor removed from medical register Baby P doctor removed from medical register

A DOCTOR accused of failing to spot the injury that led to Baby Peter's death has won her appeal to be removed from the medical register.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat was facing disciplinary action at the General Medical Council (GMC) over her care of the toddler when he visited St Ann's Hopsital in August 2007.

But a GMC fitness to practise panel granted her request for "voluntary erasure" from the medical register, allowing her to avoid a full misconduct hearing.

Dr Al-Zayyat admitted "failing" 17-month-old Peter Connelly the panel heard.

She examined the toddler at a child development clinic at the Tottenham hospital on August 1, 2007.

But she missed the injury after deciding she could not carry out a full check-up because he was "miserable and cranky".

Two days later, Peter died at the hands of his mother, her boyfriend and his brother. They were all jailed in May 2009.

A post-mortem examination found he had probably suffered serious injuries, including a broken back and fractured ribs, before he was examined by the doctor.

In a letter from the doctor, dated October last year, she wrote: "I am deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart for the tragic death.

"His death will be with me until the last day of my life."

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12:59am Sat 19 Feb 11

ncsparkle says...

What is wrong with this picture, you gets no punishment for failing to do her job and a child dies, except to have her name removed from the registry. Does this mean she is no longer allowed to practice medicine? If she would have done her job, maybe had some xrays taken, Baby Peter would be alive today. We need to hold people responsible for our children's safety, next time do your job. There is a reason when chldren are that cranky and miserable.
What is wrong with this picture, you gets no punishment for failing to do her job and a child dies, except to have her name removed from the registry. Does this mean she is no longer allowed to practice medicine? If she would have done her job, maybe had some xrays taken, Baby Peter would be alive today. We need to hold people responsible for our children's safety, next time do your job. There is a reason when chldren are that cranky and miserable. ncsparkle
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