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Do doctors trust their regulators?

Possible legal and regulatory developments following the ‘Bawa-Garba’ case are examined by Gregory Smith.

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Most Independent Practitioner Today readers will be familiar with the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, the junior doctor who recently successfully appealed a decision by the GMC to strike her off the Medical Register following an earlier conviction for gross negligence manslaughter.

Some may even have contributed to Dr Bawa-Garba’s defence fund, which reached approximately £366,000.

Others may have refused to pay their GMC subscriptions or rep­orted themselves for minor clinical errors in direct protest, and others may have started to anonymise their reflections as a defensive measure.

In short, the response from practitioners was unprecedented.

Touched a nerve

Her circumstances have clearly touched a collective nerve among doctors and thrown a focus on the legal and regulatory frameworks.