An investigation into prosecutions where controversial Midland paediatrician David Southall was an expert witness has found no breaches of disclosure rules, MPs have been told.
Dr Southall kept secret “special case” files containing medical records not included on the child’s official hospital file.
But a trawl through prosecutions linked to the special cases found no reason to refer any to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
Solicitor General Vera Baird told MPs Dr Southall’s 4344 special case (SC) files included 82 related to court cases of some kind. Of those, 40 were related to criminal cases in England and Wales.
Ms Baird said: “The review team then checked CPS records against these 40 SC files and identified a total of seven CPS prosecution files linked with a total of nine SC files.
“On reviewing these files in depth, the team found no grounds to suggest there had been a failure to comply with the prosecution’s obligations of disclosure to the defence.”
The team’s report included a number of recommendations “designed to reinforce the message that expert witnesses must fully understand their responsibilities in relation to disclosure of information in criminal cases”.
The report also recommended a similar trawl through family court cases involving the secret SC files, which will be carried out by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Dr Southall earlier this year won a legal battle to overturn his immediate suspension from working as a doctor after being struck off the medical register.
He is appealing against the General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practise Panel’s decision to strike him off the medical register.