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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba fitness-to-practise review set for April

The Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service review hearing for Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has been set for 8 and 9 April.

The hearing will decide whether Dr Bawa-Garba’s fitness to practise is still impaired, and whether she can safely return to work.

In December last year, it was announced that the MPTS had extended the suspension of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba by a further six months, in order to 'protect the public'.

This ruling followed a Court of Appeal judgment against the GMC in August ordering Dr Bawa-Garba not to be struck off the medical register.

This came after the high-profile High Court case which saw the GMC succeed in an appeal against an MPTS suspension order, strengthening the doctor's sanction to being struck off.

Dr Bawa-Gaba's appeal case

Dr Bawa-Garba was struck off the medical register after the High Court ruled in favour of the GMC in the case against its own fitness-to-practise tribunal in January this year.

James Laddie, the QC representing Dr Bawa-Garba, claimed at her appeal hearing in July that there were ‘systemic failings which contributed to the environment in which Dr Bawa-Garba came to make the mistakes which led us to this court’.

Dr Bawa-Garba had originally diagnosed Jack Adcock with gastroenteritis and failed to spot from blood tests that Jack had sepsis, or review chest X-rays that indicated he had a chest infection.

Following the initial High Court ruling, which caused an uproar from the medical profession, the Government has announced its intention to strip the GMC of the power to appeal MPTS decisions. However the GMC has said it will continue until legislation changes.

Readers' comments (6)

  • I feel we need a judicial review of the regulation of the medical profession.Make it an arm of government,is already virtually is anyway.The relationship between the profession and the GMC is broken,there is a seething resentment that this case has brought to the fore.They are supposedly to champion patient safety,more like scapegoat the nearest professional to protect the establishment.

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  • @Turn out the lights.
    100% agree.
    The GMC are no more than gong chasing Government bootboys whose function is to deflect blame away from the vandalsism that the Govt is deliberately inflicting on the NHS.
    As evidenced by GMC behaviour during junior Dr strike(when none other than Charlie Massey was in Health dept) and most strikingly over the hospital systems failure that lead to Dr Bawa Garba being hung out to dry.
    They obviously don't give a toss about patient safety otherwise they would have highlighted the dangers that cuts and dangerous working conditions are having on our NHS.

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  • I found another case similar to Dr BG, it's interesting why BG is a criminal but no charges have been made against this doctor below:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/mar/12/marcie-tadman-bath-doctors-failure-to-spot-sepsis-led-to-toddlers-death-coroner-rules

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  • One can only wish Dr Bawa-Garba good fortune and offer one's admiration for the way she has conducted herself.

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  • bet Charlie the Lush is licking his lips at the prospect of bagging a black and a female scalp for the second time

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  • The GMC is broken and we have all lost confidence in the so called regulatory body that is only out to protect itself and empire build. Another chance for them to hit Dr BG. It really pays, with your life to help.

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