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Medical manslaughter: police should consult “super-experts” when considering prosecuting doctors, review advises

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 06 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4045
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A cadre of super-experts to help police forces considering prosecuting doctors for gross negligence manslaughter has been recommended by an independent review commissioned by the General Medical Council.1

The review of medical manslaughter follows widespread unease over recent cases, including those of the trainee paediatrician Hadiza Bawa-Garba and the consultant surgeon David Sellu, in which individual doctors seemed to carry the can for systemic failures.

The UK-wide review, chaired by a consultant cardiac surgeon, Leslie Hamilton, also concurs with the Williams review of gross negligence manslaughter commissioned by the UK government, which recommended last year that the GMC should lose its …

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