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Last Updated: Friday, 9 June 2006, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
Baby attack doctor can keep job
A hospital consultant who fractured a baby's skull when he threw her on to the floor has escaped being struck off.

Dr Tarek Saba, of Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital tried to throw the baby on to a beanbag to stop her crying but she hit her head on the floor.

The General Medical Council suspended him for three months and said his behaviour was "wholly unacceptable".

In January, Dr Saba was jailed for 18 months by Sheffield Crown Court after he admitted grievous bodily harm.

The sentence was later reduced to five months by the Court of Appeal.

'Out of character'

Police described the incident as totally out of character and a "moment of madness".

The appeal court was told that the baby was "thriving" and did not suffer brain damage from its injury.

GMC panel chairman Patrick Conway said Dr Saba, a respiratory expert, had demonstrated "genuine remorse" and it was in the public interest for a "competent and indeed exceptional" doctor to continue working.

"Your violent behaviour as admitted in this case is wholly unacceptable," he said.

"The panel has heard that prior to this hearing you have not been the subject of GMC proceedings and that the offence which you committed was "out of character"."

He said Dr Saba's honesty and integrity had not been called into question and they had seen positive evidence of his skills and character.

"The panel notes that you have demonstrated genuine remorse and insight into your behaviour and the offence for which you received a conviction," he said.


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