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GMC to push for erasure of paediatrician convicted of manslaughter

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 09 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5223
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The General Medical Council is to press ahead with an appeal in the High Court against what it considers a too lenient regulatory sanction on a paediatrician convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, despite a letter signed by more than 100 doctors urging the GMC to reconsider.

Last June a medical practitioners tribunal found that Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s failings were a causative factor in the death of 6 year old Jack Adcock from sepsis. But the tribunal decided not to accede to the GMC’s call to strike her off the UK medical register.

Instead, the tribunal opted for a 12 month suspension from the register, citing “multiple systemic failures,” her unblemished record before and since, and evidence from colleagues and consultants that she was …

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