Just Culture

Jenny Vaughan for the BMJ: How can a “just culture” truly develop in healthcare?

Jenny Vaughan for the BMJ: How can a “just culture” truly develop in healthcare?

‘Focus must be on the promotion of a just culture so that healthcare professionals can truly learn from their mistakes and are encouraged to admit them’ says DAUK’s Law and Policy Officer Dr Jenny Vaughan in the BMJ this week.

Dr Cicely Cunningham speaks at Action against Medical Accidents AvMA conference

Dr Cicely Cunningham speaks at Action against Medical Accidents AvMA conference

DAUK’s Learn Not Blame lead Dr Cicely Cunningham was invited to speak to clinical negligence solicitors discussing where professional accountability should start and end. This was followed by a panel discussion with the QC for the Professional Standards Authority who argued at Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s appeal. Dr Cicely gave a thought provoking and powerful talk and promoted a stimulating discussion regarding a just culture in the NHS.

Official Launch of 'Learn Not Blame' Event in Parliament

Official Launch of 'Learn Not Blame' Event in Parliament

After months of preparation, The Doctors' Association UK is excited about the imminent launch of the 'Learn Not Blame' Campaign in Parliament on the 20th of November 2018 at 11:45 am. The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, will attend and give the closing remarks. The event will be hosted by Dr Philippa Whitford MP, herself a consultant breast surgeon.

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.

DAUK attends GMC commissioned review into Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide

DAUK attends GMC commissioned review into Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide

The DAUK have produced a comprehensive written submission to the GMC commissioned review into Gross Negligence Manslaughter and Culpable Homicide in healthcare. Our submission and attendance at a working group looking into the issues seek to move the profession forwards towards a just culture underpinned by a ‘Learn not Blame’ ethos when incidents occur.

Dr Philippa Whitford MP joins the call of DAUK and over 1200 doctors for a public investigation into the GMC’s handling of Bawa-Garba

Dr Philippa Whitford MP joins the call of DAUK and over 1200 doctors for a public investigation into the GMC’s handling of Bawa-Garba

Dr Philippa Whitford MP joins The Doctors’ Association UK in leading the call of over 1200 UK doctors for a public investigation into the GMC’s handling of the Bawa-Garba case. Collectively, we call for the GMC to take responsibility for its actions and learn valuable lessons from the outcome of this case. Applying a genuinely reflective approach, as is expected of doctors in their practice, would be a significant step in restoring the confidence and trust in the GMC as a regulatory body.

DAUK welcomes the HSSIB report

 DAUK welcomes the HSSIB report

DAUK welcomes the publication of the Joint Committee on Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill (HSSIB) report and are pleased that the report agrees with our written submission that the provision for the HSSIB to accredit NHS trusts to do their own ‘safe space’ investigations is an enormous conflict of interest.

DAUK speaks to GPonline about the Bawa-Garba appeal

DAUK speaks to GPonline about the Bawa-Garba appeal

DAUK Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, who sat in court during the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba appeal tells GPonline: ‘Particularly concerning to all of us has been the GMC’s line of argument. To an observer, it seems the crux of their argument is that system failures were not relevant in Hadiza’s case, and should not have been taken into account by the MPTS when determining her level of culpability and her sanction.’