RCP response to today’s commitment by the GMC to look at the wider issues around manslaughter

Professor Jane Dacre provides her view following today’s GMC statement

RCP president Professor Jane Dacre today welcomed the GMC’s commitment to open discussions with heath leaders on gross negligence manslaughter in the context of medical practice. She said:

The recent judgment in the case of Dr Bawa-Garba has raised serious concerns from our fellows and members about the impact of the decision on many doctors, particularly trainees. I welcome this step forward from the GMC as they offer to bring together health professional leaders, defence bodies, patient, legal and criminal justice experts from across the UK to explore how gross negligence manslaughter is applied to medical practice. I look forward to representing the views of our fellows and members at those discussions, which I hope will begin as soon as possible.

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