Gross negligence manslaughter

Jenny Vaughan for the BMJ: Medical manslaughter — will the findings of an independent review be a tipping point for change?

Jenny Vaughan for the BMJ: Medical manslaughter — will the findings of an independent review be a tipping point for change?

The General Medical Council (GMC) has just published the 29 final recommendations of the long-awaited reviewinto how gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide are applied to medical practice. This was an independent review chaired by consultant cardiac surgeon, Leslie Hamilton, and undertaken after widespread criticism of the GMC’s handling of the case of Hadiza Bawa-GarbaThe Doctor’s Association UK, among many other organisations, has been calling for a truly “Just Culture” to be adopted by the NHS for staff and patients alike as part of its Learn Not Blame campaign, and broadly welcomes the report.

The Doctors’ Association UK welcomes the findings of Leslie Hamilton’s Review into Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide

The Doctors’ Association UK welcomes the findings of Leslie Hamilton’s Review into Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide

Leslie Hamilton is today announcing the findings of an independent report, commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC), into how gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide are applied to medical practice. 

Criminalisation of Healthcare. Does it improve patient safety? Dr Jenny Vaughan speaks at the Intensive Care Society State of the Art conference

Criminalisation of Healthcare. Does it improve patient safety? Dr Jenny Vaughan speaks at the Intensive Care Society State of the Art conference

Dr Jenny Vaughan, our Law and Policy Officer gave a talk at ICS SOA 2018 entitled ‘Criminalisation of Healthcare. Does it improve patient safety?’. Jenny discussed the history of gross negligence manslaughter in the UK, case law, and revisited the case of Dr Bawa-Garba. You can now listen to Jenny’s full speech as a podcast on the ICS site, including advice on how doctors can avoid litigation.

'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.

'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.

After month of campaigning by DAUK, the Health and Social Care Committee held an inquiry into gross negligence manslaughter. Dr Jenny Vaughan attended on behalf of DAUK. Read her report here.

DAUK invited to submit written evidence alongside the BMA to the parliamentary inquiry into gross negligence manslaughter

DAUK invited to submit written evidence alongside the BMA to the parliamentary inquiry into gross negligence manslaughter

Following our correspondence with the Health and Social Care Committee (HSC) DAUK has now been invited to submit written evidence to the Parliamentary inquiry into gross negligence manslaughter. This briefing will accompany the BMA’s briefing which will be going to the Health and Social Committee tomorrow afternoon.

Doctors call on health secretary to stop GMC overturning MTPS decisions

Doctors call on health secretary to stop GMC overturning MTPS decisions

Coverage in Pulse: A doctor-led lobbying group has urged the health secretary to review the GMC’s ability to appeal its own fitness-to-practice tribunal. In a letter to Matt Hancock, The Doctor’s Association UK said the GMC’s right to appeal the MPTS has led to ‘significant unwelcome and unintended consequences’.

Health and Social Care Committee Announces Inquiry

Health and Social Care Committee Announces Inquiry

The Health and Social Care Committee will be holding an evidence session to consider the implications of the law on gross negligence manslaughter and professional regulation but have failed to accept any submissions from any practicing hospital doctor.

GMC 'failing to learn' as tribunal appeals continue after Bawa-Garba case

GMC 'failing to learn' as tribunal appeals continue after Bawa-Garba case

Following the news that the GMC continues to appeal MPTS verdicts despite the recommendations made by the Williams Review and the outpouring of concern from doctors following the Bawa-Garba case, Treasurer Dr Rinesh Parmar spoke to GPOnline.

DAUK replies to Charlie Massey raising concern over the GMC’s continued appealing of MPTS verdicts to impose harsher sanctions on doctors

DAUK replies to Charlie Massey raising concern over the GMC’s continued appealing of MPTS verdicts to impose harsher sanctions on doctors

DAUK has replied to a letter from Charlie Massey dated 13 September. We welcome the apology offered by Mr Massey and the opportunity to meet. DAUK has, however, expressed concern in a number of areas, including the news that the GMC is continuing to appeal MPTS verdicts, and call on the GMC to cease doing so urgently. 

DAUK receives a reply from Charlie Massey

DAUK receives a reply from Charlie Massey

DAUK has received a reply from Mr Charlie Massey, CEO of the GMC, to a letter sent on the 21st August from DAUK and 1200 GMC registered doctors, including Dr Philippa Whitford MP. 

We welcome Mr Massey’s apology and will be taking him up on his offer to meet DAUK.