Critics say Michio Hirano should have been told by judge to see the critically ill baby in person before giving court his opinion

At the heart of the long legal battle to treat Charlie Gard or allow him to die was the figure of Dr Michio Hirano, an eminent doctor and expert in his field, but who had never seen the child he thought he could help. In the wake of the long and damaging case, ethicists say there are questions over the ability of medical experts to come to opinions without fully reviewing the evidence and seeing the patient face to face.

Jonathan Montgomery, professor of health care law at University College London, said there could be a case for a judge stipulating that a medical expert must see the patient before giving their opinion in court.

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