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Letters Manslaughter review

Narrow terms of reference mean that Jeremy Hunt’s review of gross negligence manslaughter will miss the point

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 20 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1721
  1. Toby Reynolds, specialty trainee in anaesthesia
  1. Royal London Hospital, London E1 1BB, UK
  1. toby.reynolds2{at}

In February England’s health secretary announced a review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.1 This followed Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s 2015 conviction on this charge and the subsequent High Court decision to strike her from the medical register.

It may come too late for Bawa-Garba, but many hoped that this review, led by Norman Williams, would tackle the alarming …

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