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Bawa-Garba is free to practise again without restrictions after tribunal ruling

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 05 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1690
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Hadiza Bawa-Garba has been allowed to practise again without restrictions, 10 years after a 6 year old boy in her care died of septic shock following a mistaken diagnosis of gastroenteritis.

A well regarded trainee paediatrician at the time Jack Adcock died in 2011, Bawa-Garba was later found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.1 Many doctors saw her as a scapegoat for an overstretched and underfunded NHS.

An investigation at Leicester Royal Infirmary found numerous system failures on the 12 hour shift when she was working under extreme pressure, covering several wards without adequate supervision and with IT problems. She had just returned from 14 months’ …

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