latest health care news

15.10.18

GMC to give inspectors human factors training following Bawa-Garba case

Inspectors, clinical experts and decision makers from the General Medical Council (GMC) are to receive human factors training amidst changes to the regulator’s investigative process in response to the handling of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba.

The GMC says it wants to guarantee consistency in how it investigates and will consider the backdrop of “system failings” when reviewing staff conduct.

The medical watchdog said all of its fitness to practice decision makers, case examiners and clinical experts were to go through the training, and will be advised on modifying investigation processes.

It also said that it was aiming to work with local responsible officers to ensure that the same approaches are applied locally when dealing with issues around doctor’s conduct and performance before they are referred to the GMC.

Charlie Massey, chief executive and registrar, said: “This collaboration will make sure that human factors are hardwired into our investigations so that the role systems and workplaces play in events is fully and evenly evaluated in assessing context following serious failings."

The GMC received heavy criticism following their handling of the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, who won her Court of Appeal challenge in August.

Dr Bawa-Garba said she was “whole-heartedly sorry” for mistakes that led to the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock in 2011.

She was dismissed from the medical register in January by a fitness to practice board after being found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

During the widely reported case, campaigners argued that Dr Bawa-Garda was hampered by technical failures in the hospital and she has now been reinstated to the medical register.

Following this, the head of the GMC, Massey, faced calls to resign over the handling of the case, and the Hospital Consultants Specialists Association claimed that the GMC chief “may never restore the confidence” of the medical profession.

The new changes will aim to involve “both staff training and modification of procedures and documentation” and ensure that context and systems issues are always fully taken into account when evaluating a doctor’s performance.

Enjoying NHE? Subscribe here to receive our weekly news updates or click here to receive a copy of the magazine!

 Image credit - AmandaLewis

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

Turning blue lights green

11/04/2019Turning blue lights green

Polly Billington, director of UK100, a cities network that campaigns on env... more >
Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10/04/2019Going back to school at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Steve Hams, director of quality and chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospital... more >

interviews

How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to s... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

System working in an uncertain world

09/05/2019System working in an uncertain world

What, exactly, is an integrated care system? Well, it’s unclear, writes Kacey Cogle, policy advisor at NHS Providers. On the NHS England website, integrated care sy... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >