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Letters Bawa-Garba case

Maintaining public confidence in doctors—at what cost?

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 05 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k554
  1. Christoph Lees, consultant in fetal maternal medicine
  1. Imperial College London, London, UK
  1. christoph.lees{at}

We are in a terrible rut with regulation, medical misadventure, and the criminal law, as shown by the recent case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba and Jack Adcock1 and that of David Sellu, whose conviction for manslaughter was quashed in 2016.2 The General Medical Council seemingly regards its duty as ensuring that public confidence in doctors is maintained. Its …

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