Doctor 'failed to protect Baby P'
Updated on 08 July 2010
A GP breached his professional duty towards Baby P in the months leading up to his death and "deprived" himself of an opportunity to protect the child, the General Medical Council has ruled.
Dr Jerome Ikwueke failed to consider the possibility that unusual bruising was a result of child abuse, the GMC fitness to practise panel found. He also failed to carry out a full examination, refer him for a paediatric assessment or alert other professionals involved in the toddler's care after noticing a "marked change" in his demeanour eight days before his death, a hearing in central London was told.
Baby P - now named as Peter Connelly - died aged 17 months in Tottenham, north London, on August 3 2007 after suffering sustained abuse.
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