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​GMC accused of ‘inherent bias’ against BME doctors following Bawa-Garba case


@Jobbing GP There is precedent for not erasing a medical practitioner convicted of clinical negligence manslaughter. Most of the cases of manslaughter have resulted in the doctor being struck off at their hearing. In many cases I imagine that it is appropriate. However Dr FM was convicted of manslaughter in 2003 for injected vincristine intrathecally (actually directed a more junior doctor to do it). In the GMC hearing they suspended him for 12 months. There was no high court appeal by the GMC at that time. I don't know if he is still working. In both cases there was clinical negligence. In both cases there was a conviction of manslaughter. In the FM case there was other assaults (domestic violence) and a custodial rather than suspended sentence. In both cases the initial hearing decided a 1 year suspension was appropriate. Yet in only the HB case (where there were no other assaults and no custodial sentence) did the GMC elect to appeal to the high court. Why is that?

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30 Jan 2018

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