PDA statement to the Williams review on the case of Dr Bawa-Garba and the disclosure of reflective accounts

Following the recent conviction and striking off of Dr Bawa-Garba, the government asked Professor Sir Norman Williams to conduct a rapid policy review into the issues relating to gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. The PDA has responded to the review on behalf of members.

Mon 16th April 2018 The PDA

Following the recent conviction and striking off of Dr Bawa-Garba, the government asked Professor Sir Norman Williams to conduct a rapid policy review into the issues relating to gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.

The review was set up to consider:

  1. How we ensure healthcare professionals are adequately informed about:
  • Where and how the line is drawn between gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) and negligence;
  • What processes are gone through before initiating a prosecution for GNM;
  • In addition, provide any further relevant information gained from engagement with stakeholders through this review about the processes used in cases of gross negligence manslaughter;
  1. How we ensure the vital role of reflective learning, openness and transparency is protected where the healthcare professional believes that a mistake has been made to ensure that lessons are learned and mistakes not covered up;
  2. Lessons that need to be learned by the General Medical Council (GMC) and other healthcare professionals’ regulators in relation to how they deal with professionals following a criminal process for gross negligence manslaughter.

The PDA has responded to the review on behalf of members.

Click below to read our submission.

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