Preston doctor cleared over baby death accusations

A doctor has been cleared of failing in his clinical care of a baby who died the day after he examined the child.

Dr Renjith Nair was accused of not fully examining Lianne Sabin and Mark Smith's son Calum at Preston's Doclands Medical Centre before he died in hospital in 2009.

Clearing Dr Nair, a General Medical Council panel found the couple were mistaken in their judgement of him.

Panel chair Dr Linda Buchanan said they had been "understandably" confused.

Seventeen-day-old Calum was not feeding and was cold and sweating when Dr Nair saw him on 26 February 2009.

'Unable to remember'

Ms Sabin and Mr Smith alleged Dr Nair did not even leave his chair to examine Calum before reassuring them that nothing was wrong and prescribing paracetamol.

Calum died at the Royal Preston Hospital on 27 February 2009.

The GMC panel found that Dr Nair had performed an examination on Calum and had made a "true and accurate record" of the consultation.

The panel added they had concluded that if Dr Nair "had considered Calum to have been seriously ill at the consultation, [he] would have arranged for an immediate hospital admission".

Dr Buchanan said she was "of the view that Lianne and Mark have, understandably, been unable to remember the exact sequence of what information was given to whom and when in the course of Calum's medical treatment".

She added that the GMC extended "its condolences to the family of Calum Robert Smith on his tragic death".

The panel also found that allegations that Dr Nair failed to provide good care for a woman patient during three consultations in the summer of 2008 had not been proven.

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