Hadiza Bawa-Garba

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba restored to the medical register and able to return to practice

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba restored to the medical register and able to return to practice

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.

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.

Parliamentary inquiry into gross negligence manslaughter, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and the GMC

Parliamentary inquiry into gross negligence manslaughter, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and the GMC

After months of pressure on the Health Select Committee, from DAUK, David Nicholl, Alan Woodall GP Survival and others, a Parliamentary inquiry has now been announced.

Despite the request coming from the grassroots, disappointingly no doctors or organisations representing doctors have been invited to give evidence. However, the Health Select Committee will be hearing from Charlie Massey.

GP Frontline: a profile on DAUK

GP Frontline: a profile on DAUK

A profile of DAUK and our newest committee member in the RCGP magazine, GP Front line: “a fledging but already high-profile political lobbying group, The Doctors’ Association, providing the virtual organisation with a GP voice on issues such as Brexit, and the recent Bawa-Garba case. “

“We’re an Independent, non-profit, non-partisan political lobbying group for doctors” . Adrian explains, “it was apparent that there was a desire for doctors to become more involved in political campaigning.

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’.

Campaigners warn NHS faces 'breakdown' unless GMC appeals are stopped

Campaigners warn NHS faces 'breakdown' unless GMC appeals are stopped

In GP Online: A letter co-ordinated by DAUK campaigners have urged the health secretary to stop GMC appeals against medical tribunal decisions immediately, warning the NHS faces further 'breakdown' if the regulator continues to use this power.

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.