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Police decide not to pursue charges against hospital over Bawa-Garba case

Police have decided not to pursue charges against a Leicester hospital regarding the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock, which ultimately led to a junior doctor being struck off the medical register.

Leicestershire Police told Pulse that discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service had concluded with no evidence to warrant charges against the hospital.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) wrote to Leicestershire Police earlier this year about the case involving Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, detailing the problems at the hospital that could amount to a ’gross breach of the trust’s duty of care to the patient’.

But the police told Pulse: 'Following a letter received from BAPIO concerning the tragic death of Jack Adcock, discussions were carried out between the force and the Crown Prosecution Service.

‘However, there remains no new evidence that would warrant charges being brought against University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.'

Earlier this year, the trust released a serious incident report into the incident, which found that there was no ‘single root cause’ behind the death of the six-year-old boy.

The case attracted controversy after Dr Bawa-Garba was struck off by the GMC following a High Court trial, having originally been allowed to continue practising by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

Dr Bawa-Garba was a registrar at the Children’s Assessment Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary on 18 February 2011, and the most senior doctor on the shift, when a six-year-old child with sepsis died.

The junior doctor continued to work at the hospital trust up until she was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter in November 2015.

Dr Bawa-Garba has been granted permission to appeal the GMC’s decision to strike her off the medical register, with the appeal to be heard at the High Court next week (25 July).

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust declined to comment.

Readers' comments (15)

  • The 'police' are merely agents of the CPS and as such are merely acting as the latter's mouthpiece. Which government toadie is pulling the CPS's strings?
    Our desired outcome for Dr Bawa Gabra's appeal next week will at best for give the totalitarian and oppressive agencies a short respite.

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  • So a hospital that runs understaffed departments with malfunctioning IT systems gets away with it whilst it's fairly easy to prosecute individuals who are caught up in the outcomes of poor governance. Tells you so much about how this country works. Doesn't exactly inspire confidence in our police does it?

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  • Perhaps a civil case against the hospital. I'd happily crowdfund it.

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  • @Hawk.
    The police weren't too slow in picking up Dr Bawa Garba during her maternity. But then she was female and black so that probabaly made it a bit easier for them.
    And yet they also expect us to 'whistleblow'?
    Whats going to happen to anyone except the whistleblower?
    Its all completely f***cked up.

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  • As suggested by Northwestdoc, also happy to crowdfund.(enthusiastic is more accurate).

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  • I'm sure the decision is correct. I also have full confidence in the Police fully disclosing all evidence which is relevant to the defence.I base this conclusion on the stellar leadership of Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, under whose compassionate eye due process happens incontrovertibly.

    Wheres my dosette box? It's time for my evening dose of risperidone.…...

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  • The hilarious thing is. As the NHS struggles to recruit more doctors and nurses against a growing population the number of Dr BG cases will also increase which in turn will adversely affect one in this country with significant authority is willing to admit President Trump was correct about the NHS!

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  • The police always discuss things with the CPS. The police may lay the charges but it's the CPS who brings the prosecution. So if CPS shows the police the palm held high, that's the end of it. Notably the CPS had the law on their side to bring down Richard Holden and attempt to catch 'Speedy Gonzales'

    But when in comes to 'big fish' in health services the law works differently - innit.

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  • If you go onto the GMC homepage they have a picture of a child with Downs Syndrome around her family....they really are desperately trying to win the public opinion.

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  • If the official enquiry concluded there was no single cause, why was a single person accused and convicted?

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