Summary: Dr Neel Sharma Description: Much has been written about the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa Garba, a junior doctor convicted of gross negligence manslaughter.

Whilst the medical profession and the regulator governing doctors continue to maintain opposing views in relation to the action sought, it is clear that from a medical education perspective there is a lot we must do to ensure our current and future trainees are more protected. If regulation serves to protect the public, then we need to ensure that the domain of medical education protects those in training. My perspective has not changed. A trainee is always a trainee. And if clinical errors are occurring whilst in training then the fault lies within the education process. Senior consultants regularly make errors of judgement but juniors unfortunately are still viewed as the weakest link. Interestingly it has emerged that previous GMC chair Sir Graeme Catto himself missed a case of sepsis as a junior which led to the patient’s death. Whilst there have been notions of mis representation of the case, we do know that reduced staffing levels and inadequate technologies played a massive part alongside a lack of guided re entry into clinical work.

At present, the BMA has declared a vote of no confidence in the GMC and the editor of the Lancet has called for both the Chair and CEO to resign. The profession globally continues to advocate a no blame culture

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