The British Medical Association (BMA) has issued new guidelines to doctors in hospitals to deal with potential cases of child abuse.

Under the guidelines, doctors are required to keep children in hospital if they suspect they are being physically or sexually abused, and inform social organisations.

The body warns doctors not to discharge vulnerable youngsters and take immediate action.

A spokesman for the BMA said the move follows a number of very high-profile cases that exhibit gaps in the current UK system.

According to the guidelines, doctors can give the child a medical examination without parental consent, a move termed as controversial by a few.

The BMA’s Child Protection Toolkit states that admissions during weekends should not interrupt steps to protect vulnerable children.

By staff writer.