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2. CHILD NEGLECT BY DOCTORS; THEIR PROTECTION BY MEDICAL DEFENCE UNIONS.

International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Malaysia, 1989

The perpetrators of Child Neglect are usually parents or guardians. However, in several cases the author and his organisation had researched, service providers might have contributed to unintentional child neglect and abuse. In most instances, neglect is denied to prevent possible action for personal injury. Records which were never in existence are claimed to have been misplaced, and reports altered.

When complaints are made, service providers traditionally consult their insurers. Legal advice is then obtained, and obstacles are placed to prevent the truth from coming out. Thus, those professionals who neglected to take proper care of their clients are effectively protected by their insurers and their agents, only to commit neglect repeatedly. It has been necessary if litigation proceeds for the defendants and their agents to rewrite professional texts. Though neglect might not have been intended, evidence of neglect could be found in professional records.

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