Dr Rodney Gilbert "Insufficient evidence to prosecute"

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Dr Rodney Gilbert "Insufficient evidence to prosecute"

Post  Penny Mellor on Wed Apr 23, 2008 3:45 pm

CPS announces 'no prosecution' of Dr Rodney Gilbert

23 April 2008

The Crown Prosecution Service today announced that no prosecution will be brought against Dr Rodney Gilbert, the consultant in charge of the care of Joshua Taylor, who died aged 15 months from hypernatraemia, an excess of salt in his body.

Alastair Nisbet, Head of the regional CPS Complex Casework Unit said: "After detailed consideration of the evidence, including a report from an independent expert who was not previously involved in the case, I have decided that there is insufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect that Dr Gilbert would be convicted of any offence arising from his medical care of Joshua or from the evidence that he gave in the trial of Marianne Williams.

"My review of the evidence also concluded that there was no realistic prospect that the NHS Trust, or any other health professional involved in the care of Joshua, would be convicted of any offence."

Joshua's mother, Marianne Williams, was acquitted by a jury in 2006 of the murder and manslaughter of Joshua by poisoning him with salt.

After her acquittal allegations were made to Wiltshire Police that Dr Gilbert's treatment of Joshua had caused his death and that he had given untruthful evidence at Ms Williams' trial.

Those allegations were investigated by Wiltshire Police and a file of evidence was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Notes to Editors

Dr Gilbert is a Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist employed by the Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The death of Joshua Taylor will now be referred back to the Wiltshire Coroner for his inquest to be resumed.

Media enquiries to CPS Press Office on 020 7796 8079.

The Crown Prosecution Service is the Government Department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. It is responsible for:
Advising the police and reviewing the evidence on cases for possible prosecution;
Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute;

Preparing cases for court;

Presentation of cases at court;

The CPS consists of 42 Areas in total, each headed by a Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP). A telephone service, CPS Direct, provides out-of-hours advice and decisions to police officers across England and Wales. The CPS employs around 8,400 people and prosecuted 1,091,250 cases with an overall conviction rate of 83.7% in 2006-2007. Further information can be found on this website.

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Post  Angela Cannings on Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:16 pm

Will there be any complaints made to the GMC regarding the above?
Surely there has to be more to this!! Rolling Eyes

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Post  free2b42000 on Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:44 pm

Insufficient evidence!!!! Yeah! right but enough to bang up a grieving father falsely...Sorry, but he should be made to answer.........My thoughts with Kat and Joe, they need closure!!!!!!!!!!!xxxx


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