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It was an emphatic line from the Court of Appeal: ‘Undoubtedly, there are some cases where the facts are such that the most severe sanction, erasure from the medical register, is the only proper and reasonable sanction. This is not one of them.’

As a result of the ruling, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba is allowed to practise again. Few GPs will be unaware of the case (though, if you are, our timeline should help).

And the weight of opinion has turned against the GMC, and its decision to take its own tribunal to court to erase Dr Bawa-Garba from the medical register.

I’ve argued that there are good intentions within the GMC. Its efforts to tackle burnout among doctors and to address the racial differentials in doctors facing complaints are to be commended.

Without a strong response to this ruling any other positive GMC work will be lost

But the regulator is on the ropes, and needs to make a concerted effort to appeal to the profession. It can start with dropping its push for new powers to strike more doctors off the register, and ensure that no doctor is branded a criminal for life for making an honest mistake at work – especially when there are huge system failings.

Without a strong response to this ruling, any of the positive work being done by the GMC will get lost.

Jaimie Kaffash is editor of Pulse. Follow him on Twitter @jkaffash or email him at


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Readers' comments (7)

  • The GMC needs to be regulated

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  • @East Kent
    As it currently stands it is both an embarrassment to the profession and the notion of patient safety.
    Unless there is a radical reformation then their pitch should be 'Goading doctors, protecting Goverments' so there is no trade description issue going on here.

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  • I am still uncertain where the major errors are. I cannot see anything that I and all other docs have not been mixed up in. Some clarification on this would be good. I suspect that the only difference is that someone was pushing for prosecution.

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  • Many of us don't have any memory of 'positive work being done by the GMC' and consider them only fit for their original role of keeping a register.

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  • I ask again. Who does Massey answer to? Seemingly absolutely no one for a big wage and absolutely no personal risk what so ever. This is in stark contrast to most doctors working front line in the NHS everyday!!!!!

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  • Dr BG diagnosed and treated hypovolemic shock due to severe gastroenteritis. Jack recovered remarkably and was transferred out to ward 28 at pm. Sadly, Jack was given an ACEI in ward 28 around 7pm by his mother. But she checked before she gave his second dose that day and she was told she could. Jack collapsed within a few minutes.The PM diagnosis was septic shock.
    When the pathologist, Dr David O'Neill was asked if he could tell the difference between toxin or ACEI shock, he said it was outside ' his expertise', but that the collapse would fit an ACEI administration!!
    So, really, we do not even really know if Jack died of septic or Drug shock!! Yet, Dr BG is convicted of GNM in the UK, after making the child better!!!

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  • Thanks to Gmc more uk doctors will leave the nhs. Good job guys

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