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GMC successful in High Court bid to strike off junior doctor


Technically, the High Court is right in that the Medical Practitioner Tribunal Service technically has no option but to take at face value the original court's decision. However, it seems to me that justice has neither been done, nor seen to be done, and the collateral ramifications and damage will be immense. May I suggest that the appropriate, moral, humane and ethical thing to do now is for the GMC to strike Dr Bawa-Garba off the medical register for, say, four months, then let her apply for readmission (and accept her). At the same time the GMC needs to take a long hard look at the responsibility an individual clinician faces when system errors are involved, and alter its own regulations so that system failures and pressure of work are ALWAYS taken into account when judging the actions of individual clinicians.

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25 Jan 2018

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