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DUMFRIES COUNCILLORS CALL FOR RESTRICTIONS ON HIGGS

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Councillors in Dumfries have called for restrictions to be placed on the work of the doctor at the centre of the Cl...
Councillors in Dumfries have called for restrictions to be placed on the work of the doctor at the centre of the Cleveland child sex abuse controversy, who has been appointed as a consultant paediatrician in the region, the Scotsman reports (p3).

Dr Marietta Higgs takes up her post at Dumfries and Galloway Acute and Maternity Hospitals National Health Service Trust on February 10. She will be free to diagnose sexual abuse in children.

Opposition members on the Dumfries and Galloway Council RC said that Dr Higgs should be barred from such work. The authority's ruling Liberal-Democrat-Independent leadership is seeking reassurances at a meeting with the trust.

John Glover, the administrative services manager of the trust, said: 'There are no restrictions placed by the General Medical Council on the work Dr Higgs can undertake. The trust has no further comment to make'.

Dr Higgs was at the centre of the Cleveland scandal in 1987, after a controversial anal reflex technique she used to diagnose child sex abuse led to a sharp increase in reports of suspected cases.
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