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Gross negligence manslaughter

Following this and other recent high profile cases, it is clear that serious thought needs to be given to the role of the criminal law in a healthcare setting.

Two years ago, the BMA's medico-legal committee started a review of gross negligence manslaughter, meeting with key stakeholders including the CPS and coroners.

Following the high court ruling in the Bawa-Garba case, two reviews related to gross negligence manslaughter have been announced:

  • A rapid review of the position in England and Wales commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care led by Sir Norman Williams; and
  • A year-long UK review commissioned by the GMC led by Mr Leslie Hamilton looking at the consistency of decision making across GNM investigations and coroners decisions to refer to the CPS.

The BMA is fully engaged in both reviews with the aim of identifying ways in which systems could be improved for the benefit of all our members.


Our response

BMA evidence to health and social care committee

BMA response to the Sir Norman Williams Review

BMA response to the GMC review



Rapid review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare from Professor Sir Norman Williams

Read the report



Health secretary orders review into medical negligence


Press releases

Doctors must feel able to report errors and reflect on mistakes openly, says BMA

BMA responds to secretary of state review



Medical and gross negligence manslaughter


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