Striking off trainees is wrong when the system is bust

08 Nov Striking off trainees is wrong when the system is bust

In February 2011, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba a junior paediatric trainee was on duty at the Leicester Royal Infirmary when a young patient tragically died of sepsis. Hadiza was devastated at his death.

The Crown Prosecution Service at first told her there was no case, but Hadiza and a nurse were convicted of gross negligence manslaughter in late 2015. This was despite the fact that there were multiple other failings including IT, nursing, junior and senior staff failings. There were also major systems failures in the hospital. The jury did not hear about all of these as a legal loophole meant that many improvements made afterwards the prosecution argued could be “excluded “.

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