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GPs to join overnight vigil on day of Bawa-Garba appeal

GPs and other medical professionals are set to hold an overnight vigil in support of Hadiza Bawa-Garba on the day her appeal is heard.

The vigil will be held at the Court of Appeal in London on 25 July – the same day as Dr Bawa-Garba’s appeal case is to begin.

The junior doctor, who was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in 2015, was struck off the medical register by the GMC after a controversial High Court ruling earlier this year.

Dr Bawa-Garba was later allowed to appeal the decision on the basis that it met the second appeal test ‘in all respects’.

The second appeal test requires the case to ‘have a real prospect of success’ and ‘raise an important point of principle or practice’ or requires ‘some other compelling reason for the Court of Appeal to hear it’.

The vigil is being organised by March for Justice for Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, which previously organised a march in support of the junior doctor earlier this year.

According to their Facebook group, the organisation is ‘deeply concerned by the manslaughter conviction of our colleague Dr Bawa-Garba, who in our collective opinion have been scapegoated by the health service, GMC and media’.

They added: ‘Dr Bawa-Garba made mistakes, as any of us could do today or tomorrow.

‘To properly learn from these errors they must be viewed in the context within in which she was forced to work.

‘If we allow Jack Adcock’s death to be explained away by placing the blame solely on one individual, which will drastically reduce the chances of preventing similar deaths in future.’

Pulse’s front cover in March also showed GP solidarity with Dr Bawa-Garba, with some also sharing their stories of when they could have been in her position.

The GMC's own tribunal had originally ruled that the doctor’s registration should be suspended for 12 months.

Readers' comments (11)

  • She'll win.
    Will Charlie and Terry resign?

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  • If she doesnt win there is something corrupt about the whole system,and the professions distrust of the establishment will become more entrenched.

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  • Don't doubt. Dr Bawa Garba will win. She'll be the Joan of Arc of the medical profession.
    With Charlie and Terry resign? Probably not! Neither have conscientious or ability to reflect. Virtues they have only heard about on their management courses but now publicly seek to impose on a cadre who inherently understand these concepts.
    It'll be 'three score and ten' for the NHS shortly.

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  • The truth about our working conditions, scandalous as they are, will come out.

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  • Will the useless establishement stooges resign?
    That is why they are useless establishment stooges.

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  • If I understand correctly, it's only the GMC decision she's been allowed to appeal.

    While this is good news, the original manslaughter conviction is at least as big an injustice and it is disappointing that she has not been allowed to appeal this.

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  • 'Just' a matter of time Dylan. That's going to be overturned as well.

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  • The strange thing is she may actually save the NHS if she wins. If she looses there really is no point practicing in this climate. It could be any of us with this workload.

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  • I don't think she made obvious mistakes. AKI due to dehydration with V+D, in the presence of ACEI/ pneumonia is an equally valid diagnosis.
    The expert said she made mistakes, not quite the same thing.
    What EVERYONE seems to forget was that Jack got better, was bouncing about, on DR BG's treatment and was discharged to a ward, where he was given an ACEI.
    I and many other doctors, [ in fact every single one I have met]opine is the reason an IMPROVING child suddenly deteriorated and died.
    Since the child was improving till he got the ACEI, Dr BG is innocent of the charge of manslaughter, and I think the expert is just plainly wrong to discount the effect of this hypotensive shock inducing drug.

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  • I agree. Having read about this case in great detail, and with my medico-legal head on, my conclusion is that the delivery of the ACEI is what lies at the crux of all of this.

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