Doctor working in unsafe conditions convicted of manslaughter and struck off the GMC Register: Follow the story

Doctors around the world have been concerned by Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s case in the UK – it’s one of the most talked about things in Medicine right now.

In case you’ve missed the news, in 2015 Dr Bawa-Garba was convicted of Gross-Negligence Manslaughter as a result of the death of 6-year-old Jack Adcock who was in her care. The jury who convicted her did not seem to take into account mitigating factors, however the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) did. They decided that after her two-year suspended sentence had expired she could resume work.

The General Medical Council (GMC) challenged this decision, arguing that Dr Bawa-Garba should be erased from the Medical Register to protect public confidence in the medical profession. This argument was ultimately accepted on the 28 January 2018 in the High Court of Justice and Dr Bawa-Garba was struck off.

If you want to understand the situation better it’s been covered and by just about every news outlet so do a quick search or click herehere or here for more information.

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*UPDATE* 12/06/2018 at 10:30. New measures designed to improve patient safety and protect doctors and nurses when mistakes are made, are to be announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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People across the UK and internationally have taken to Twitter to express their views. Here’s a snapshot of their mixed reactions.

Here, one mother expresses her worry and concern following the outcomes of this case:

Various health professionals also have very strong opinions about how Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has been treated.

One professional wrote ‘this could have been any of us in a failing system’:

Others echo these sentiments:

Faced with widespread criticism, the GMC have shared tweets seeking to clarify their point of view too:

 

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*Update 14/02/2018* Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has ordered an urgent review of medical malpractice cases following concerns over the Bawa-Garba case:

There have been mixed reactions to this announcement:

 

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*Update 04/04/2018* A doctor who was dismissed over the death of a six-year-old boy has won the right to challenge the decision.

The High Court previously ruled Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba be struck off because of mistakes in the care of Jack Adcock.

There have been mixed reactions to the announcement of the appeal. Here one retired Urologist expresses his views:

However, enthusiasm for the appeal is not shared amongst all Twitter users:

 

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*Update 12/06/2018* New measures designed to improve patient safety and protect doctors and nurses when mistakes are made, are to be announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

It comes after concerns were raised following the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who was struck off after the death of a six-year-old boy.

Mr Hunt said staff should be able to learn from their mistakes. One Twitter user expresses his views on the topic:

One professional welcome’s this move:

The Royal College of Pathologists shares their opinions on this update:

Jeremy Hunt has taken to Twitter to express his opinion:

One professional reacts to the Health Secretary’s tweet:

One Twitter user shares his thoughts, stating that Doctors should be accountable for their actions:

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine President reacts to Jeremy Hunt’s decision:

One Twitter user expresses his disappointment with the update:

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There’s going to be more developments in this ongoing story so to find the latest search on your favourite news outlets or check #IamHadiza #BawaGarba on Twitter

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