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Commission failing to keep up with pace on complaints

GPs cannot be sued by parents they wrongly accuse of child abuse, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Law Lords adjudged that doctors, social workers and other professionals involved in child protection should be able to raise concerns without fear of recrimination if they are wrong.

Such professionals owed a 'common law duty of care' to children, the Lords ruled, and must be able to act 'singlemindedly' if they suspected something was 'not quite right'.

Dr Hugh Stewart, medico-legal adviser at the MDU, said: 'Doctors are vulnerable to criticism if they suspect child abuse but do not act upon their suspicions.

'We advise doctors who have reason to believe that a child may be at risk of harm, to report those concerns in good faith to the relevant authorities without delay.'

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