Appeal court reinstates Nigerian doctor after manslaughter conviction

By Editor on 13/08/2018

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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba
Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba

A UK appeal court on Monday reinstated a Nigerian doctor, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, whose name was struck off the medical register after she was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of a six-year-old boy in her care.

Bawa-Garba, a junior doctor specialising in paediatrics, was held responsible for the death of Jack Adcock, who suffered heart failure after going into septic shock while in her care at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011, reports Guardian UK.

She was removed from the medical register in January 2018 after the General Medical Council appealed against a decision that she be suspended for a year.

However, three appeal court judges ruled on Monday that the divisional court had been wrong to interfere with the earlier decision.

In a statement read out to the court, Sir Terence Etherton, the master of the rolls, said: “The [medical practitioners tribunal service] was an expert body entitled to reach [its] conclusions, including the important factor weighing in favour of Dr Bawa-Garba that she is a competent and useful doctor, who represents no material continuing danger to the public and can provide considerable useful future service to society.

“The members of the court express their deep sympathy with Jack’s parents, who attended the hearing in person, as well as respect for the dignified and resolute way in which they have coped with a terrible loss in traumatic circumstances.”

Posted 13/08/2018 10:47:19 PM

 

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