‘What is stopping you doing something so patently sensible’ says Rosie Cooper MP to the GMC. Dr Jenny Vaughan reports from the Health and Social Care Committee inquiry.

The Committee held an evidence session on 16/10/18 to consider the implications for patient safety of the application of the law on gross negligence manslaughter and professional regulation in such cases.

They had two panels of experts. Professor Sir Norman Williams summarised the recommendations of his review and Sir Robert Francis clarified the law. They also heard from a healthcare ethicist, Dr Suzanne Shale and Professor Pali Hungin, member the current GNM/CH review set up by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Charles Massey took part in the second panel along with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and Keith Conradi from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB). DAUK, Dr David Nicholl and more recently GP Survival have been calling upon the Health and Social Care Committee to conduct a public inquiry into Hadiza’s case since February. DAUK has corresponded with Dr Sarah Wollaston asking the HSC to question Charlie Massey over his decision to appeal the MPTS tribunal decision in the case of Dr Bawa-Garba now overturned, as it was legally flawed, by the Appeal Court. DAUK was invited to submit a written briefing for the HSC alongside a briefing from the BMA, now published on the Parliament website.