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Doctor admits exaggerating abuse
Dr Camille San Lazaro
Dr Lazaro denies a charge of serial professional misconduct
A paediatrician has told a medical tribunal she exaggerated accounts of child sex abuse.

Evidence by Dr Camille De San Lazaro was used in a report commissioned by Newcastle City Council into allegations of abuse at a nursery school.

The report wrongly accused nursery nurses Christopher Lillie and Dawn Reed of child abuse, four years after the pair had been acquitted of charges.

Dr Lazaro is facing the General Medical Council's fitness to practice hearing.

Ms Reed and Mr Lillie were acquitted of sexual offences at the direction of a judge at Newcastle Crown Court in 1998.

The pair were each awarded 200,000 in libel damages after suing the authors of the subsequent report at the High Court in 2002.

Medical records

Dr Lazaro, a consultant paediatrician and senior lecturer at Newcastle University, admitted she "overstated and exaggerated" accounts of sexual abuse.

But she denies a charge of serial professional misconduct.

The doctor, who received an OBE in 1999 for services in the care of sexually abused children, said that under cross-examination during the libel trial there were deficiencies and inaccuracies in the recording in the Child Protection medical records.

She conceded that there were inconsistencies between medical records and medical reports.

The hearing is expected to last up to two weeks.

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