Well said Jaimie; what is even more galling is that for years the message coming from up on high was "less blame, more learning". The Bawa-Garba case was the exact opposite: blame a colleague to their professional destruction. I wonder how many of my colleagues-including myself-would have been brought to personal and financial ruin through such a harrowing process. The GMC needs to take a long, hard look at itself and if the law needs to change to decriminalise such cases then so be it. A system so intent on finding a scapegoat will eventually scare professionals away.
Let the person who has never erred come forward please. Victimising a colleague for a serious error but letting system-wide problems unpunished is wrong, no matter what the law of the land says. The GMC needs to have a good look at themselves and decide whom do they serve: justice or political puppet masters.