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In 2011, Jack Adcock tragically died of systemic sepsis, following treatment from a team of healthcare professionals at the Royal Leicester Infirmary. Following his death, Dr Bawa Garba, who was part of the team looking after Jack, was convicted by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter, suspended by a medical tribunal for 12 months, and was subsequently removed by the High Court from the medical register following an appeal by the GMC. This case has shone a light onto many areas of concern for doctors throughout the profession.
Junior doctors have known for a long time that the current system is failing our patients; we have had to come to terms with the stark reality that at times - despite our best efforts - we are struggling to provide the safe and effective care that we want to see delivered. While working at the coalface of the NHS, we experience this every day, but if any further proof was needed, then the experiences of the 160 doctors who have used the BMA’s portal to record their experiences show a worrying pattern.
The High Court’s decision to allow the GMC to strike off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, as well as her conviction for Gross Negligence Manslaughter, has left an undeniable and lasting impression on doctors across the country. It has raised many questions, both specifically in relation to this case, and more widely. I know from speaking to BMA junior doctor members that we need to ensure our best efforts are recognised, not punished whilst working in impossible circumstances, in a system under increasing strain. The BMA will continue to seek answers until our members are satisfied that they will not be punished for failings of the system in which they work.
The Junior Doctors’ Committee has long been working to defend all junior doctors, and many of the issues that have come to light in the wake of this case have linked with our core programmes of work. There were a number of specific areas which left Dr Bawa-Garba in an unacceptable and vulnerable position, which many of our members recognise as being common occurrences across the NHS. We are determined to ensure that no doctor finds themselves in a similar situation to Dr Bawa-Garba. We have already revised our guidance on induction and shadowing for junior doctors, raising concerns and appraisals, and we continue to work with the GMC, ATDG, and other stakeholders on longer term outcomes including working with the GMC to look at the disproportionate rate at which BME doctors are referred to them - particularly by their own employers.
The Supported Return to Training (SuppoRTT) programme, which originated in the 2016 ACAS agreement and which our reps have helped to shape for the past year, was launched in November 2017. The aspiration is that no junior doctor should have to return to the clinical environment after having time out without adequate preparation, and that they should have ongoing support once back at work. We will be closely monitoring the implementation of this work, and pushing for good practice to be replicated in the devolved nations.
On top of a number of agreements already secured with the GMC the Junior Doctors Committee are in ongoing talks with key stakeholders:
Additionally, the BMA will be playing an active role in the review of Gross Negligence Manslaughter, ensuring that the views of doctors of all grades are represented. The BMA’s response will be led by our Medico-Legal Committee who have been working on Medical Manslaughter for the last 2 years. We will also produce guidance separately for the Devolved Nations, highlighting the differences in their legal systems, and the routes by which concerns can be raised and escalated.
It is crucial that members of the profession feel able to raise concerns, safely, and in a timely fashion. To this end we have:
Ultimately our goal remains to have medical safety investigations treated the same as those in the airline industry, which are privileged by statute derived from a UN treaty.
There remains much work to be done however, and we will continue to fight for these crucial reviews, challenge archaic principles which fail to recognise modern understanding of systems error, and demand change from the organisations which control our NHS until we see real progress. If there is more you want to see us doing, contact us by email, on social media, or by finding your local reps and speaking to them face to face.
There is a future in which our profession can reflect openly on our mistakes so that we can all learn from them, and not be punished for being overwhelmed by an underfunded and over stretched system. We must work together to ensure we reach it, or face the consequences for patients’ and doctors’ safety.
At the heart of this case is a child, a grieving family, and a tragedy with a multitude of contributory factors. The reassurances we have thus far received, though helpful, are clearly not enough to return the confidence of the medical profession. It is in the interests of patients, as well as doctors, that these issues are resolved. The BMA will continue to do everything within our power to correct the deep injustices highlighted by this case, and seek changes so the wider implications are addressed.
Jeeves Wijesuriya is chair of the BMA junior doctors committee
Both the BMA and the GMC once again contributing to global warming via gaseous means. How many posts is it now about how "assurances have been won"?... Sorry, got to go, a flying pig just vaporized into bacon outside my window.
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Both the GMC (Terence Stephenson) and their lordships in the High Court claim they are motivated in their determination to have Dr Bawa-Gaba erased over 'concern for public confidence in the medical profession'.
Where is the evidence of public opinion in the matter that they relied on to come to that conclusion?
Where is the evidence that Dr Bawa-Gaba's erasure has maintained public confidence?
The Lancet has called for Dr Stephenson to resign on the grounds that 'the GMC's leadership has lost the trust of the profession.'
(14th April 2014).
In response he did not address that call but commented " The Lancet's readers understandably want evidence, not warm words."
(The Lancet 30th April 2018.)
Indeed, and not just readers of the Lancet, but the entire profession.
So where is the evidence that Dr Bawa-Gaba's erasure has impacted 'public confidence'?
Where are the Lickert analyses of public opinion which informed the GMC's view that public confidence could only be assured by her erasure (contrary to the opinion of the GMC's own Medical Practitioners tribunal Service)?
If none, are medical members of the GMC fit to practice in their allotted roles?
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