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CONCERN OVER DOCTORS' CHILD ABUSE THEORY

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A growing number of children are being taken into care because their parents have been accused of having the pychia...
A growing number of children are being taken into care because their parents have been accused of having the pychiatric condition Munchausen's by proxy - creating illnesses or disorders in someone else to gain medical attention, reports The Express (p2).

Two leading consultants in the field, Professor David Southall and Dr Martin Samuels, have recently been suspended after allegations they falsely accused families.

Such is the concern that a support group, Dare to Care, has been set up to help parents. It has assisted 50 families who say they were wrongly accused. All but six -who are still fighting - have now been cleared.

Founder Penny Mellor said some parents are blamed for undiagnosed illnesses in their offspring. Children can be taken away because they display problems that could have been caused by other factors such as an adverse reaction to drugs or routine vaccinations.

She said: 'This is legalised kidnapping. It devastates the lives of parents and the children it seeks to protect.'
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