Doctor Faces GMC Panel
A doctor at the centre of a major child abuse allegations case is facing an inquiry.Dr Camille De San Lazaro has been called before the General Medical Council next week.The consultant paediatrician examined alleged victims for the discredited Abuse in Early Years report in 1998, by Newcastle Council, which wrongly claimed two nursery nurses were responsible for abuse of youngsters.Dawn Reed and Christopher Lillie both won £200,000 damages from Newcastle Council after the High Court declared them innocent of all charges and condemned the report.Dr San Lazaro has continued to work as a consultant paediatrician at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and as a senior lecturer in paediatric forensic medicine at Newcastle University. Her future will be reviewed by a GMC Fitness to Practice panel next week.The GMC said: “The panel will inquire into allegations that Dr San Lazaro provided a report regarding allegations of sexual abuse at a nursery, which resulted in criminal charges being brought against two nursery workers.”It is also alleged having been acquitted on all charges, the workers brought libel proceedings against Newcastle Council and its review team, during which Dr San Lazaro, on oath, agreed the report contained various deficiencies, inaccuracies and inconsistencies.”Newcastle Hospitals Trust chief executive Len Fenwick said: “We and the University of Newcastle commissioned an independent review by four eminent paediatricians into the clinical practice of Dr San Lazaro following the libel case. As a consequence the trust has a continuing confidence in her clinical skills and commitment.”Dr San Lazaro had no comment. The GMC hearing will last until May 12.