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Letters Criminalising doctors

We need a review of all sepsis deaths, not the conviction of health professionals

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 12 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k629
  1. Azeem Majeed, professor of primary care1,
  2. Paul Morgan, consultant intensivist and sepsis lead2
  1. 1Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
  2. 2Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK
  1. a.majeed{at}

NHS England estimates that approximately 37 000 deaths a year are caused by sepsis.1 This means that in the seven year period between 2011 and 2017, around 259 000 people died from sepsis in England. Only one of these deaths, that of Jack Adcock in Leicester in 2011, has resulted in the conviction of health professionals for manslaughter (Hadiza Bawa-Garba and Isabel Amaro).2

Sepsis can …

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