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Kerr/Haslam Inquiry into sexual abuse of patients by psychiatrists

  • Peter Kennedy (a1)
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Nearly 1000 pages of the Kerr/Haslam Inquiry report published in July 2005 tell in detail how, over a period of more than two decades, according to many female patients, two male psychiatrists working from the same hospital were able to sexually abuse them. By the time police investigations and the Inquiry were complete, a total of 67 patients had declared themselves victims of William Kerr and at least 10 of Michael Haslam. Kerr was convicted in 2000 on one count of indecent assault. He was considered too ill to face trial but was convicted on trial of the facts. Haslam was convicted on four counts of indecent assault in 2003 and was given a 3-year prison sentence.

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Department of Health (2005) Kerr/Haslam Inquiry: Full Report. London: TSO (The Stationery Office).
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Kerr/Haslam Inquiry into sexual abuse of patients by psychiatrists

  • Peter Kennedy (a1)
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