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.

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Dr Jenny Vaughan for BMJ-the criminalisation of unintentional error

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.

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The Guardian: the court of appeal was right to reinstate Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba

Dr Cicely Cunningham, DAUK’s Learn Not Blame Lead, in The Guardian: “In 2015, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter for her part in the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock from sepsis. She was subsequently struck off the medical register after the doctors’ regulatory body, the General Medical Council, argued that the conviction meant that she could not be fit to practise. The court of appeal ruled on Monday that Bawa-Garba should be reinstated. I believe it was the right decision.”

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