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Here begins the cover-up for Dr Sabah "I didn't notice Baby P had a broken back, broken ribs or torn ear" al-Zayyat


After all, if the GMC are quite happy to have child neglecting doctors working in the NHS, then why not also have terrorist doctors who try to blow up airports and a paediatrician who couldn't be arsed to examine an abused baby hours before he died in agony, alone in his blood-splattered cot? But woe betide any doctors who send spoof emails because that really does undermine public confidence.

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"Doctor who treated Baby P was not told of suspected abuse"

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:14 PM on 03rd December 2008

Social workers failed to tell the doctor who saw Baby P two days before his death that they feared he was being abused, it was reported today.

The blunder meant that paediatric consultant Dr Sabah al-Zayyat did not examine him properly, failing to spot his broken back., according to the London Evening Standard.

He was sent home and within 48 hours was lying dead in his blood-spattered cot.

A senior source involved in the investigation told the paper that if the basic information had been passed on to the hospital consultant Baby P would be alive.

Dr al-Zayyat was sacked from her locum role by Great Ormond Street Hospital for failing to examine the child properly and suspended from practising by the General Medical Council while under investigation.

She concluded the child was ‘miserable ‘and ‘cranky’ because of a common cold and sent him home, deferring examination for three weeks.

It was the last occasion a medical professional would see the 17-month-old toddler alive.

But the Evening Standard has learnt that the doctor was never briefed on the child's background.

Dr al-Zayyat believed the 17-month-old's boy's injuries, which were visible to the naked eye, were self-inflicted as his mother led her to believe he was selfharming.

The revelation is the latest blow to Haringey social services, whose director Sharon Shoesmith was removed from her post by Education Secretary Ed Balls on Monday for overseeing a string of ‘devastating failings’.

Today the Met's Acting Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said said the damming report into failings exposed by the Baby P tragedy would be acted upon.

He said: 'Nobody could have read the reports of Baby P's death and not been deeply saddened and moved and felt quite shocked about what has gone on here and I include myself in that.

'But it is right and proper that questions are asked, should be asked, have been asked, about why the various agencies, including my agency, charged with protecting vulnerable children and charged with protecting Baby P, were not able to save that child's life, in order to prevent the same thing happening again.'

He said that following the review into Haringey children's services, the Met's Acting Chief Inspector of Constabulary would make an additional report with further recommendations specific to the Met.

He said: 'Where things have gone wrong we will work with our partners to put them right.

'Our priority has to be to ensure the effective safeguards and practices are in place.'

Five other staff have been suspended or banned from working with children over Haringey's failure to protect Baby P.

The source said: ‘It is unbelievable-Dr al-Zayyat was not aware Baby P was on the child protection register. It was basic incompetence that she wasn't told.

‘If the doctor had known the baby was subject to a child protection plan it is inconceivable she would have allowed the baby to go home with his mother.

'She would have subjected him to a much more rigorous examination. If the doctor had known the child was at risk, Baby P would still be alive today.’

Baby P had been referred to the Child Development Centre at St Ann's Hospital in Tottenham by social services over concerns he was being abused. He had been on the Child Protection Register for nine months.

He was taken to the hospital on 1 August last year by his mother and a friend. No social worker was present at the examination.

But the source said today: ‘When the child turned up, the doctor didn't know why. She knew he had been referred by social services but didn't know it was for neglect or abuse.

'She thought baby P's behavioural difficulties and the head wound was caused by his own head banging.’

Baby P's stepfather and mother have both been convicted of causing or allowing his death along with their lodger Jason Owen.

Dr al-Zayyat is contesting the termination of her contract and faces a GMC hearing next year.

Source: Mail online
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Mr Andrew Popat, chairing the GMC hearing, said: “Dr Siddiq’s actions were found to be inappropriate, not in the best interests of his patients and, in relation to the letter to Pulse, liable to undermine public confidence.”

Source: Birmingham Post