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Stop the GMC from using doctors' GMC fees for their failed Bawa-Garba appeal
On the 13th August, the Court of Appeal ruled that Hadiza Bawa-Garba should be reinstated on the UK medical register. She was struck her off in January 2017, following the death of 6 year old Jack Adcock in 2011. In addition, the court ordered the GMC to refund Hadiza Bawa-Garba her legal costs. We fully support the fact that Dr Bawa-Garba should recoup all this money. However, we are firmly of the belief that this should not come from the GMC fees doctors up and down the land often struggle to pay.

In support of this we reference the Professional Standards Authority in its publication ‘Fit and Proper? Governance in the Public Interest (para2.1)
“In our recent work we have been told by a small number of former chairs and members that they have not felt themselves 'responsible' for their organisation's errors or failures. Clearly they are.”

We therefore request that the GMC find other ways to raise the money for costs. This could include a comprehensive salary review of GMC executives and their common practice of providing private healthcare to their employees. We do not believe this order should be paid by hard-pressed and hard-working doctors throughout the UK. Many will be paying twice if they are allowed to do this. We had the foresight to see it was a gross error at the start. We all funded Team Hadiza to successfully appeal the high court decision.

We remain also in sympathy with Jack’s family BUT this decision was clearly of the GMC’s making so the responsibility is entirely on them to fairly sort this out.

Background articles
- https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/help-dr-bawa-garba/
- https://www.dauk.org/
- https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/…/fit-and-proper-2…
- https://blogs.bmj.com/…/jenny-vaughan-the-long-road-to-jus…/
- https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3510/rr
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xICiefE7IQI&feature=youtu.be

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