Responding to the case of Dr Bawa-Garba

GMC Statement

13 Mar 2018

We are listening to what you’re saying about this case, and we are in no doubt about the strength and depth of feeling that is being expressed. We are sorry that it has had such a significant impact on the profession, and that as a result, many of you are feeling upset and unsure about your practice and the environments in which you work. That was never our intention and we know that we have a huge amount to do to rebuild the trust that we have lost.

Our liaison teams are speaking with doctors across the UK. And our leadership team are regularly meeting your representatives - who are putting your views strongly to us – as well as those on the frontline. We are determined to do all we can to respond to your concerns and continue our work to improve how we support you.

Since the High Court handed down its judgement, we have:

  • met with thousands of doctors, medical students and educators across the UK to discuss the case and how we can better support you in challenging environments
  • met with those who represent and work with you, including the British Medical Association (BMA), and your college Presidents.
  • made a number of commitments to the BMA to address some of their most immediate concerns
  • announced a review, to be led by Dame Clare Marx to look at how manslaughter by gross negligence – and the equivalent offence of culpable homicide in Scotland– is applied to medical practice
  • committed to participating in the UK government’s review of medical manslaughter
  • prioritised work to develop clearer guidance on reflective practice in collaboration with doctors in training representatives, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Postgraduate Deans and medical schools

Answering your questions about the case

Since the High Court’s judgement was announced we’ve answered many questions about this case. We’ve developed a factsheet [updated: 15/03/18] to bring together some of the most frequently asked questions, which we hope you’ll find helpful.

Gross negligence manslaughter review 

The Terms of Reference for the cross-UK, independent review into how gross negligence manslaughter, and Culpable Homicide, the equivalent offence in Scotland, are applied to medical practice, are now available. Led by Dame Clare Marx and covering the whole of the UK, the review will bring together doctors, legal and criminal justice experts, patients and employers.

Court judgements

If you want to know more about the Court of Appeal and High Court’s judgements in this case, you can look at these on the links below:

GMC statements and resources

To help you access the information you need, here are some of the key documents we’ve published about this case: