Hunt orders review of disciplining doctors after Bawa-Garba case

From BBC - February 6, 2018

Jeremy Hunt has ordered an urgent review of medical malpractice cases following concerns over a recent manslaughter case involving a doctor.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was struck off the medical register after she was found guilty of mistakes in the care of a six-year-old boy who died of sepsis.

The health secretary says clarity is needed about drawing the line between gross negligence and ordinary errors.

Doctors should learn from not fear mistakes, he says.

The Bawa-Garba case has rocked the medical profession.

Medics rally behind struck off doctor

Doctor struck off over six-year-old's death

More than 800 medics have signed an open letter in support of Dr Bawa-Garba, saying focusing on one person ignored the part low staffing levels played in the tragedy and striking her off would discourage medics from being open when reviewing mistakes.

Dr Bawa-Garba was originally suspended from the medical register for 12 months last June by a tribunal, but she has now been removed from the medical register following a High Court appeal by regulator the General Medical Council.

The GMC said the the original decision was "not sufficient to protect the public".

Tragic case


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