Our Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden shares her view in the BMJ after interviewing Charlie Massey (chief executive GMC) for a documentary Sammy presented on BBC Radio 4. In this interview Charlie Massy admits for the first time that his decision to take Dr Bawa-Garba to the Hight Court to have her struck off was incorrect.
Dr Jenny Vaughan, DAUK’s Law and Policy officer writes for the BMJ about the case which has rocked medicine more than any other in recent times. Read her analysis as the case draws to its conclusion.
“When the General Medical Council (GMC) appealed for her to be struck off the medical register, it lit the blue touch paper for a whole generation of doctors working in very challenging conditions across the country. Many of these doctors were simply not prepared to accept the High Court’s subsequent verdict in January 2018 that Bawa-Garba should be erased from the medical register. And while the GMC’s appeal was initially successful, its pyrrhic victory was to be short lived. An unprecedented crowdfunding appeal raised more than £350 000 for Bawa-Garba to hire a new legal team and launch an appeal. In August 2018 the appeal court rejected the High Court’s decision to allow the GMC to erase Bawa-Garba’s name from the medical register.”
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We are grateful to BMJ for publishing this paper, written by our Law and Policy Officer Dr Jenny Vaughan in conjunction with Dr Ameratunga, Dr Klonin Dr Merry and Dr Cusack, and giving it front page profile. We hope it will be a game-changer for the UK and that no other clinicians, be they doctors, nurses or optometrists will find themselves in front of a criminal court unless they have recklessly and wilfully caused death.
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.
‘When things go wrong, we crave something or someone to blame. It's an emotional response found in nearly every culture - but why is this something we all recognise?’
After a junior doctor was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter for mistakes made whilst working under intolerable pressure, a campaign for a just culture in the NHS was launched by DAUK. This campaign, Learn Not Blame, is lead by Dr Cicely Cunningham, a DAUK executive committee member. Listen to Cicely being interviewed by BBC World Service for The Why Factor in this episode about blame.
We are so proud of our Law and Policy Officer and Founder of Manslaughter and Healthcare Dr Jenny Vaughan for being awarded the BMJ Editor’s Award for speaking ‘Truth to Power’. As well as being a Consultant Neurologist for the past 14 years, Jenny was also the medical lead for the successful overturning of the gross negligence manslaughter conviction of Mr David Sellu. Alongside DAUK Jenny campaigned for Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s successful appeal and supported her for a number of years prior to this.
DAUK would like to congratulate Jenny on this very well deserved award!
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.
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.