Monday, 26 February 2018

On the conviction of Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba and Isabel Amaro over the death of Jack Adcock

Andrew McDonald's oped was the first I had heard of this case and so I might be biased by his framing of it: Death of British boy has worried junior doctors all over the world - with good reason

Report in Fairfax: Australian doctors 'disturbed' by manslaughter conviction against Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba

This is how the UK tabloid press seem to be reporting the case: What about my son? Mother's fury as doctor who let boy die goes free after pleading she has to care for her own disabled child

By contrast, Saurabh Jha MD: To Err is Homicide in Britain – The Case of Dr. Hadiza Bawa-Garba
In the ward, Jack received enalapril. Dr. Bawa-Garba had not prescribed enalapril, and she clearly stated in her plan that enalapril must be stopped – the drug lowers blood pressure and is absolutely contraindicated in shock. Nor was enalapril given by the nursing staff – they stick to the doctor’s orders.
So who gave the enalapril?

And the BMA's statement: The Bawa-Garba ruling: our response

"Secret Barrister" has written about the case, pondering "Trial by a jury of one’s peers" and the similarities between the situation that Dr Bawa-Garba found herself in, and that of barristers involved in criminal trials in the UK: Bawa-Garba: Is it right to let lay juries rule on matters of professional competence?

RAJ AC Explains has a two parter on the case: Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba – Part 1: what does this case look like to medics? Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba – part 2: what the courts said and why it matters

Michael Skapinker from the Financial Times makes some good points about the impact of the Dr Bawa-Garba decision on public safety: We should learn from doctors’ mistakes, not fire them

Peacock Johnston Solicitors discuss Scottish law and courts: “Doctors in the Dock: Are the Courts moving towards assigning criminal liability to Health Professionals?”

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