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Paediatrician convicted of manslaughter must be erased from register, rules High Court

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 26 January 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k417
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A trainee paediatrician who was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of a 6 year old boy must be struck off the UK medical register to maintain public confidence in the profession, the High Court has ruled.1

A medical practitioners tribunal decided in June 2017 to suspend Hadiza Bawa-Garba for 12 months rather than erase her from the register, after taking account of system failures that contributed to Jack Adcock’s death.2

But two senior judges have substituted the sanction of erasure, after the General Medical Council appealed against the tribunal’s decision.

Mr Justice Ouseley, giving the leading judgment, said, “I have come firmly to the conclusion that the decision of the tribunal …

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