Occasionally, I think the daft Welsh mob who set fire to a paediatrician’s house may have been – admittedly by sheer fluke – closer to the mark than you might expect.
Paediatricians Sir Roy Meadow and Professor David Southall, one of whom misled the courts and got innocent women sent to jail as a result, and one of whom attempted to get a woman’s children taken into care on the basis of having watched a single TV interview with her husband, were found guilty of serious professional misconduct by the General Medical Council. Good – well done the GMC.
The Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health don’t agree. At their AGM, delegates voted for a motion suggesting that they had ‘grave concerns’ over the GMC striking off members of their profession who lie to get innocent people sent to jail. Apparently, that’s seen as perfectly reasonable behaviour.
Dr John Bridson, who in an ideal world would have nails fired through his skull, says about Meadow and Southall:
They did not present a danger to their patients, they were simply doing their job in the way they thought best
Do you not think, just possibly, that sending a child’s parents to jail for something that they didn’t do might represent, y’know, perhaps not exactly danger, but certainly not good things for said child…?