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GMC fought to erase Bawa-Garba to uphold profession’s reputation

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 07 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5067
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The decision by the General Medical Council (GMC) to ask the High Court to strike off Hadiza Bawa-Garba from the medical register was taken to uphold the reputation of the profession, the regulator states in documents that the Information Commissioner’s Office ordered it to disclose.1

The GMC argued that the legal advice and other documents regarding the appeal were protected by legal privilege, but the commissioner concluded that they should be made public in response to a Freedom of Information Act request because of exceptional public interest in the case.

Bawa-Garba, a trainee paediatrician, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death …

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