The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has restored Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba to the medical register, read the full determination here.
Today, there is widespread relief amongst the medical profession. However, the verdict is no cause for celebration. At the heart of this case is a child, Jack Adcock, who tragically lost his life to sepsis. Our hearts go out to the Adcock family as they continue to grief for Jack. When a child dies it is our duty as doctors to do all we can to prevent the same tragedy from occurring again. We strongly feel that scapegoating an individual doctor or clinician for human errors made whilst whilst working under enormous pressure, does not serve this purpose. Instead, the criminalisation of medical error creates a culture of fear and blame, where clinicians feel afraid to speak up, afraid to reflect, and afraid to learn when things go wrong. Therefore we welcome the verdict of the Medical Tribunal Practitioners Service today, who, after considering all the system failures and the context in which Dr Bawa-Garba made errors, has found her safe to return to medical practice.
The Doctors’ Association UK officially launched its Learn Not Blame campaign in Parliament on 20th November 2018, attended by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP. With the support of Dr. Philippa Whitford MP who chaired the meeting, speakers included Professor Edwin Jesudason, Mr. Scott Morrish, Mr. Nick Ross, and Dr. Cicely Cunningham.