What Dr Hibbert Did Next….

Researching Reform

Researching Reform have very kindly been given further information on the latest developments regarding Dr Hibbert, the expert witness in the family courts who last year came to our attention for his dubious practice and a subsequent call to have his license revoked as a result. At the time, the coverage in the national media was extensive as an increasing number of people began to speak out about the treatment they received from Dr Hibbert, both as patients and fellow practitioners.

And all seemed to go silent for a while, as his Fitness to Practice Hearing kept being pushed back. But it now seems the delay is due to an increased number of patients coming forward and a comprehensive list of allegations, which need to be examined carefully. Dr Hibbert’s Fitness to Practice Hearing, we are told, is now set for February of next year (2014).

In the meantime, the…

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Genetic Testing of Children Up For Adoption

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This is a fascinating case, very nicely summed up by the very sexy UK Human Rights Blog and written, in an engaging and thought-provoking style by Rosalind English and is a Must Read, we would say.

The case centres around a Local Authority’s desire to have two children in care tested for a rare genetic disease, under the pretext ( and we use pretext because we are not sure of their motive in this case) that to find out would increase the chances of having the children adopted, allow them to be taken care of by suitable adopters and help to clarify any future needs for the children. It’s a very interesting case. The outcome was equally interesting: the judges felt that the testing was not necessary in this instance. But the judges left a lot of room for manoeuvre in the future, room that could have disastrous consequences on…

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