Review of gross negligence manslaughter

MDDUS has welcomed the announcement by Jeremy Hunt that there will be an urgent review of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare in light of the High Court case involving Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.

The review, led by Professor Sir Norman Williams, will report back by the end of April 2018 and intends to look at lessons to be learned by the GMC and other professional regulators, as well as how reflective practice, openness and transparency can be protected so that mistakes are not covered up but recognised as learning opportunities.

It is also intended that the review will provide much-needed clarity to doctors about where they stand with respect to criminal liability and professional misconduct.

MDDUS joint head of medical division Dr John Holden said: "We are pleased to note the priority this important issue is being given by the government and welcome the opportunity to participate in the forthcoming rapid review.

"It is vital that doctors experience an open and honest working environment and that they are able to learn from mistakes. We fully support any steps to encourage a learning culture that protects both patients and doctors."