Revamp urged for arraigning doctors

By Leslie Berry

Doctors’ organisations have welcomed a raft of recommendations from an independent review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide in medical practice.

The review was commissioned by the GMC following the Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba case. 

Her prosecution and conviction for gross negligence manslaughter after the tragic death in 2011 of six-year-old Jack Adcock sparked a nationwide doctor outcry.

Their trust in the regulator was hugely undermined after it successfully appealed a Medical Pract­itioner Tribunal Service decision not to erase her name from the medical register. 

Prof Derek Alderson

Responding to the review, Royal College of Surgeons of England  president Prof Derek Alderson, said its recommendations should help ensure greater consistency around how gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) cases were initiated and investigated.