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Doctors charged with Neglect

Post by Autumn on 04.10.10 7:58

Daily Mail - 4th Oct 2010

Doctors 'abandoned their toddler in bicycle trailer outside while they sat in bar on chilly autumn night'
By MIKE LARKIN
Last updated at 7:32 AM on 4th October 2010
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A paediatrician and her surgeon partner have been charged with child neglect over claims they left their toddler son outside a busy bar on a chilly autumn night.
Suzanne Wills and consultant Graeme Smith are alleged to have left the three-year-old boy strapped into a bicycle trailer while they remained inside the bar.
The alleged incident happened as the family enjoyed a camping trip to a music festival on the Hebridean island of Jura last weekend. The pair face jail if found guilty.

Questioned: The couple were in the Jura Hotel when police were called about the incident
Following a complaint, the couple were quizzed by police and later charged with offences under the Children and Young Persons Act.
However the pair, who live in Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, deny neglecting their son and said the whole affair was the result of a misunderstanding.

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In a statement they said: ‘We love our son dearly. We have never and would never do anything to harm him.
‘We deny this allegation, which we find horrifying. We believe the charge to be due to a misunderstanding.
‘Our lawyers are seeking a meeting with the Crown to put matters right. We have
taken the appropriate steps to inform the medical authorities.’
The couple were not at their terraced home yesterday and neighbours said they had packed to go on a trip on Saturday.
Mr Smith, 41, is a consultant colorectal surgeon at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, while Miss Wills, 37, specialises in the treatment of sick children.
If found guilty of child neglect, the couple could face jail and their son could be taken into care.
The couple were in the Jura Hotel when police were called around 10pm on Saturday, September 25.
The Islay-based officers were on the island for the annual folk music festival which attracts around 200 people, and the family are believed to have been camping in a tent pitched close to the hotel.
Police were contacted by a member of the public and a report on the incident has been sent to the procurator fiscal, who has yet to decide whether or not to take further action.
It is believed that the member of the public became concerned after witnessing the child outside alone on a very cold night while the couple were inside the bar.
One festival-goer said she had seen the couple earlier in the evening. She said: ‘The child was in the bar for a while but it was mobbed and there was a lot of noise.
‘Many people had a lot to drink and it was perhaps not the best environment for a young kid.’
A Strathclyde Police spokesman said: ‘They were charged on September 25 with offences under section 12 of the Children and Young Persons Act.’
An NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde spokesman said: ‘We are aware of the incident but it would be inappropriate to comment further.’
The two-day festival has become a popular event since it was established
in 1993.
This year’s acts included fiddle band Session A9, Gaelic singer Darren McLean and musician Mary Ann Kennedy.

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Interesting to see how this case develops.



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Re: Doctors charged with Neglect

Post by ufercoffy on 04.10.10 9:03

One of these days negligent doctors will instruct their lawyers to use the McCann's as examples to avoid criminal charges and subsequent punishment from the GMC.

And why not? If the McCann's can get away with 'it' then why not all negligent doctors?

Of course, John and Jane Doe from the sink estates should continue to go straight to jail and not collect a million quid so that it gives journalists something to write about.

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Post by pennylane on 04.10.10 9:42

I really hope this story gets picked up elsewhere. A bloody PAEDIATRICIAN and a Surgeon FFS!

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Post by kangdang on 04.10.10 10:13

‘We love our son dearly. We have never and would never do anything to harm him.
‘We deny this allegation, which we find horrifying.

Oh dear, deja vu anyone?

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Post by pennylane on 04.10.10 10:23

@kangdang wrote:
‘We love our son dearly. We have never and would never do anything to harm him.
‘We deny this allegation, which we find horrifying.

Oh dear, deja vu anyone?

Next they'll be hanging out with the local vicar! big grin

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