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Public hearing for Baby P doctor

A doctor accused of failing to spot that Baby P had a broken back days before his death has had her application to be removed from the medical register rejected.

Consultant paediatrician Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat is facing disciplinary action at the General Medical Council over her care of the toddler.

Earlier this month she applied for "voluntary erasure" from the medical register, which would have avoided the need for a full misconduct hearing.

But a GMC fitness to practise panel has rejected the request, ruling that the "serious" allegations against her should be heard in public.

Chairman Ralph Bergmann said: "The panel considers that to accede to the application for voluntary erasure would avoid a public, and necessary, examination of the facts of this case."

Dr Al-Zayyat examined 17-month-old Baby P - now named as Peter Connelly - at a child development clinic at St Ann's Hospital in Tottenham, north London, on August 1 2007.

But she allegedly missed his injuries 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 last year.

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, their trial at the Old Bailey heard.

Dr Al-Zayyat, who did not attend the hearing, was originally due to face GMC disciplinary action in February. But the earlier session was adjourned after the panel heard she was "suicidal", unfit to defend herself and had left the country.


From Belfast Telegraph