Blacklisted Nigerian doctor wins appeal to work again in the U.K
Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a Nigerian doctor convicted over the death of a 6-year-old boy, has won an appeal to keep her job. .
Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in 2015 over the death of Jack Adcock, who died of sepsis in 2011. She was struck off in January 2018.
Her appeal was funded by medics because they said the ruling would discourage practitioners from being open when reviewing mistakes. Dr Bawa-Garba had been suspended from the medical register for a year in June 2017.
However, the General Medical Council (GMC) appealed against the decision claiming it was “not sufficient to protect the public” and she was struck off in January 2018.
Thousands of doctors signed an open letter of support for Dr Bawa-Garba stating the case would “lessen our chances of preventing a similar death”.
Earlier, three senior judges quashed the High Court’s decision and restored the lesser sanction of a one-year suspension.
Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton, who announced the ruling, said “no concerns” had “ever been raised about the clinical competence of Dr Bawa-Garba, other than in relation to Jack’s death”.
“The evidence before the tribunal was that she was in the top third of her specialist trainee cohort,” he said. He added that the tribunal was satisfied her actions in relation to the boy were “neither deliberate nor reckless”, and did “not present a continuing risk to patients”.