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GMC investigators get training to include system issues in fitness to practise decisions

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 11 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4295
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

General Medical Council (GMC) staff and clinical experts who investigate doctors’ fitness to practise will receive “human factors” training so that the context in which doctors have to work is taken into account when the regulator takes decisions.

The move follows the case of the junior doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba, which sparked a widespread loss of confidence among doctors regarding the GMC. After she was convicted by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter in the death from sepsis of 6 year old Jack Adcock,1 a medical practitioners tribunal decided to suspend her from the medical register rather than strike her off.2

The tribunal had taken account of substantial system failures …

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