GMC is reviewing complaint that top NHS boss put patient safety at risk

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 10 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1909
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The General Medical Council is reviewing its 2013 decision to dismiss a complaint against Barbara Hakin, NHS national director for commissioning operations, at the investigation stage.

Hakin faced allegations that in her previous job as chief executive of East Midlands Strategic Health Authority she bullied whistleblower Gary Walker, then chief executive of United Lincolnshire NHS Trust, and put patient safety at risk in a drive to meet government targets on waiting times.

But after a year long investigation the GMC case examiners threw the case out in November 2013, concluding that there was no reasonable prospect of …

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