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Letters Bawa-Garba case

GMC chair’s reply to Nick Ross’s second letter regarding Hadiza Bawa-Garba

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 19 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k765
  1. Terence Stephenson, chair
  1. General Medical Council, London NW1 3JN, UK
  1. chair{at}

The following is a letter of 12 February 2018 from the chair of the General Medical Council in reply to Nick Ross’s letter of 5 February 2018 (posted 8 February 2018).12

Dear Nick,

After your meeting and exchange of correspondence with Charlie Massey in recent weeks, I welcome the opportunity to respond to the points you raise in your letter to me of 5 February 2018.12

I have read in full the court judgments and GMC decisions taken around the Bawa-Garba case, and I am keen to shed some light on our role and how it fits in a law abiding and democratic society.

I understand that you find the decision taken in this case hard to accept. I also recognise the anxiety felt in parts of my profession. We have publicly acknowledged that concerns about manslaughter by gross negligence convictions, and this subsequent judgment, could make doctors less candid about errors and that this case has set us back in our goal to support doctors as the best way of protecting patients. We are working hard to overcome this and the considerable misunderstanding and frustration, which are not entirely grounded in fact.

At the heart of this tragic case, a person was convicted in …

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