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UK Based Nigerian Doctor Wins Appeal To Keep Job After Being Blacklisted

A Nigerian doctor has won her case to continue at her job after being suspended over the death of a little boy.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a doctor whose mistakes led to the death of a six-year-old boy has won her Court of Appeal challenge over the decision to strike her off. In 2015, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter and given a two year suspended prison sentence over the death of Jack Adcock.

The little boy had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition, and she had marked him as ‘do not resuscitate’ after confusing him for another patient.

Jack, from Glen Parva, Leicestershire died at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011 after he developed sepsis. At her trial at Nottingham Crown Court, the sentencing judge said that neither Dr Bawa-Garba nor a nurse who was on duty at the time ‘gave Jack the priority which this very sick boy deserved’.

Dr Bawa-Garba was the senior junior doctor on the ward at the time, although The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPT) found that failures including a lack of senior consultant cover, IT problems and staff shortages leaving her covering two wards, had contributed to Jack’s death.

She had been suspended from the medical register for a year in June 2017, but the General Medical Council (GMC) appealed against the decision and claimed it was ‘not sufficient to protect the public’ and she was struck off completely in January 2018.

Today, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, the Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton and Lady Justice Rafferty allowed Dr Bawa-Garba’s appeal against that decision and said her name should be restored to the medical register forthwith and remitted the matter to the MPT for review of the suspension, which will remain in place in the meantime.

‘I’m very pleased with the outcome but I want to pay tribute and remember Jack Adcock, a wonderful little boy that started the story,’ she told BBC’s Panorama. ‘I want to let the parents know that I’m sorry for my role in what has happened to Jack.

 

Source – Metro UK

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