Saturday, 17 December 2011

Fight for law change over abuse accusation

Jim Fairlie, 71, believes he should have legal redress against NHS Tayside and the former Perth and Kinross District Council after his daughter accused him of the abuse when she was undergoing controversial Recovered Memory Therapy.

He wants the duty of care that hospitals have for patients, or social workers have for children, to be extended to families. Although his daughter Katrina, now 41, settled her case for damages out of court four years ago, he believes families damaged by false accusations should also be able to sue.

He has written to justice secretary Kenny MacAskill calling for a change in the law. Fairlie, who was the SNP’s deputy leader between 1980 and 1984, says he is campaigning on behalf of thousands of families who have been affected by the now discredited Recovered Memory Therapy...