DAUK expresses concern over lack of junior doctors on Marx review panel

Today The Doctors’ Association UK has written to Dame Clare Marx to express our concern regarding the make up of the working group for the GMC review into gross negligence manslaughter. The GMC has previously has stated that this will be an independent review, commissioned by the GMC. They go on state “The working group comprises a wide range of perspectives, experience and expertise, with membership drawn from across the medical profession, including doctors in training, the legal system, employers and patients.”

The Doctors’ Association UK was disappointed to see a lack of junior doctors currently in training on the review panel into gross negligence manslaughter, which was launched in response to the conviction of Dr Bawa-Garba, a junior doctor and a trainee.

We have therefore petitioned Dame Clare to consider expanding her working group to include more junior doctors in currently training, to represent the viewpoint of those working in similar conditions to Dr Bawa-Garba.

We look forward to engaging in the review in due course. 

The DAUK secures assurance from Charlie Massey that doctors will not be automatically erased from the register if convicted of gross negligence manslaughter

Replying to a letter sent to the GMC on the 1st of March, Charlie Massey has today confirmed that the GMC will not be seeking the power of automatic erasure in cases where a doctor has been convicted of manslaughter. In his letter Massey states “I can assure you that we are not seeking to extend our powers to make provision for automatic or unilateral erasure of a doctor convicted of GNM”. The full reply from Charlie Massey can be read below.

Letter 1