Following the High Court judgement in the case of GMC v Bawa-Garba, the Chair of the Health Committee has had an exchange of correspondence with the Chief Executive and Registrar of the General Medical Council.
The correspondence covers:
- the use, in criminal cases and in GMC proceedings, of doctors’ own reflections on their practice;
- the considerations the GMC takes into account when deciding that an appeal against an Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) decision is merited, and how those considerations applied in the Bawa-Garba case;
- what monitoring the GMC undertakes of ethnicity in fitness to practise proceedings and criminal proceedings arising from doctors’ practice, whether concern that ethnicity is a factor in decisions to proceed in such cases is supported by the evidence, and what steps the GMC is taking to ensure that any institutional bias against doctors from an ethnic minority is identified and eliminated; and
- the application and consistency of manslaughter charges where there have been allegations of medical negligence.
The correspondence ( PDF 492 KB) has now been published on the Committee’s website.