GMC pushes for automatic erasure when a doctor is convicted of a serious crimeBMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k755 (Published 15 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k755
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
The General Medical Council is seeking power to strike off doctors from the UK medical register without holding a hearing if they are convicted of a serious criminal offence.
If such a power had existed when the trainee paediatrician Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter,1 she would never have been able to present evidence of serious systemic failures to a medical practitioners’ tribunal. The tribunal took account of these in deciding not to strike her off but to suspend her for 12 months instead,2 a decision that was overturned by the High Court after the GMC appealed.3
In its response to a recent government consultation on reform to the system of professional regulation, the GMC asked for a change to its fitness to practise rules to create “a presumption of erasure from the register where a doctor …