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Bawa-Garba: What happens next


I cannot possibly imagine that this matter has come to a close. We are talking about arrest incarceration,trial and conviction,as you sit in a cell with Mike the mad axe murderer the intentions of the GMC would certainly not be on my mind, The critical error according to the clinical supervisor was to not transfer on receiving the lactate result. We have taught for generations that you treat the patient not the result,it appears the judge has reversed that.From a GP point of view this impacts particularly on the high potassium phoned through at 5.30 on a Friday night,which I think now must mean automatic admission. The defence offered the workload as a mitigating factor,it appears the judge dismissed this,therefore it does not matter if she had to see 50 or 500 patients or whether the IT system had crashed the clinical doctor carries the full responsibility.The BMA whose behaviour defies description,are in full agreement.Those who subscribe should hang their heads in shame. The judge tried convicted and sentenced her in a British court,the problem is the entire medical profession disagrees with him.Unfortunately for us he is a judge and therefore one assumes he may have some understanding of the law. Surely our clinical practice will change in light of this,and only time will tell if the treasury can afford the consequences

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16 Aug 2018

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