Striking off trainees is wrong when the system is bust.
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In February 2011, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba a junior paediatric trainee was on duty at the Leicester Royal Infirmary when a young patient tragically died of sepsis. Hadiza was devastated at his death.
The Crown Prosecution Service at first told her there was no case, but Hadiza and a nurse were convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in late 2015. This was despite the fact that there were multiple other failings including IT, nursing, junior and senior staff failings. There were also major systems failures in the hospital. The jury did not hear about all of these as a legal loophole meant that many improvements made afterwards the prosecution argued could be "excluded ".
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) heard the full details of the case in June 2017, including all of the systems failings and the multiple factors that led to this child's tragic death. They felt that Hadiza had accepted her errors and fully remediated. The General Medical Council (GMC) argued she should be erased from the medical register, the GMC lost. The MPTS made a decision to impose a suspension for a year. This will mean she can in future serve patients as she has learnt the lessons from what happened.
Now there is widespread dismay at the decision of the GMC to try and IGNORE the MPTS decision as they are attempting to erase her AGAIN from the medical register in a hearing which will take place in December 2017.
Doctors are not asking for special treatment. They are simply asking for fairness. Apportioning individual blame is very difficult in a complex healthcare environment. It also goes against the GMC's president's commitment to support trainees as the consultant workforce of the future. We are concerned that the GMC's stance is focused on punishment and retribution. Hadiza has been punished enough, yet the GMC are going for more.
The GMC should be supporting the development of a just culture and not impeding organisations and individuals in learning from error and trying to improve patient safety. They should respect the decision of the MPTS and withdraw the appeal as its not in the best interests of patients, healthcare or the general public.
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