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Seven days in medicine: 4-10 May

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2641 (Published 11 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2641

In the dock

GPs face manslaughter charges

Two UK general practitioners are on trial for manslaughter for not visiting or summoning an ambulance to a 12 year old boy, Ryan Morse, who died from Addison’s disease in 2012. Joanne Rudling and Lindsey Thomas could have saved Ryan’s life if they had acted in response to phone calls from his mother, Cardiff Crown Court was told at the trial opening. John Price QC, prosecution counsel, told the jury that the doctors could not have been expected to diagnose Addison’s disease but should have recognised that Ryan needed immediate medical treatment. The trial is expected to last four weeks. (See full BMJ story at doi:10.1136/bmj.i2603.)

BMA loses challenge to “unfair” GMC rule

The BMA lost its challenge in the UK High Court to a new General Medical Council rule for fitness to practise tribunals. The rule means that legally qualified chairs could give advice to other tribunal members during their private deliberations without disclosing it to the doctor facing misconduct allegations. The BMA said that this was unfair, but the judge disagreed: if the chair …

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