Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has won her appeal to practise medicine again after the Court of Appeal yesterday over-ruled the High Court’s decision and restored the lesser sanction of a one-year suspension.
The doctor was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter following the death of six-year-old down syndrome boy, Jack Adcock, in February 2011. After a 2015 trial at Nottingham Crown Court, Dr Bawa-Garba was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years. She was struck off in January 2018.
Master of the Rolls Sir Terence Etherton, who announced the ruling, said: “The members of the Court express their deep sympathy with Jack’s parents, who attended the hearing in person, as well as respect for the dignified and resolute way in which they have coped with a terrible loss in traumatic circumstances.”
Her appeal was funded by medics because they said the ruling would discourage practitioners from being open when reviewing mistakes.
Jenni Richards QC acted for the First Intervener, British Medical Association.
Fenella Morris QC acted for the Second Intervener, Professional Standards Authority.
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