Sepsis Death Prompts Calls for Open and Accountable NHS Culture.

  • August 17, 2018
  • Background

    Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in 2015 over the tragic death of Jack Adcock, who died of sepsis at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011.

    Jack, who had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition, had been admitted to the hospital in Leicester with vomiting and diarrhoea in 2011.  He died 11 hours later from a cardiac arrest caused by sepsis triggered by pneumonia.

    Dr Bawa-Garba was struck off in January 2018 over the death of a six-year-old boy but has now won her appeal to practise medicine again.

    The impact of this case

    Following the outcome of the appeal AvMA Chief Executive Peter Walsh said: “Whichever side of the arguments people have been on, there is now an opportunity to move on and deal with some of the deep-seated issues that this controversy has highlighted. No-one should be under any illusion that the ruling itself changes the fact that we still have an NHS which too often leaves patients at risk and health professionals in near-impossible positions. There continues to be too much of a blame culture where individual health professionals are made scapegoats for systemic failures. There still needs to be more openness and honesty when things go wrong, and accountability when appropriate”.

    Inez Brown, PartnerInez Brown, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence, from Medical Accident Group said: “This is a very sad case of where systemic failures occurred due to a lack of resources.  However, although in this instance the issue appears to have been of lack of resources; sometimes mistakes are made due to a lack of training or clinical error which is negligent.”

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