Doctors facing manslaughter charges should not automatically be suspended, High Court rulesBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2771 (Published 21 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2771
- Clare Dyer
- 1The BMJ
Doctors facing manslaughter charges should not automatically be suspended from the medical register pending trial or a full hearing by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, a High Court judge has declared.
Mr Justice Knowles lifted an interim order of 18 months’ suspension on Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a paediatric specialist registrar charged with gross negligence manslaughter over the death of 6 year old Jack Adcock at Leicester Royal Infirmary in February 2011.1
The judge said that the case first came to the notice of the General Medical Council in April 2012, but it was not until after the GMC learnt in December 2014 that Bawa-Garba and two nurses had been charged with manslaughter that it began …