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9 April 2019

Commenting on the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) decision to allow Dr Bawa-Garba to return to work under conditions starting from the end of her period of suspension in July 2019, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA chair of council said:

“The decision today by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) that Dr Bawa-Garba should work under conditions for a period of two years, follows yesterday’s ruling that her fitness to practise remained impaired due to her lack of face-to-face patient contact while she was suspended. The reason for the absence of direct clinical contact for so long is, in part, as a result of the GMC’s actions in the past. The BMA has always maintained that the GMC should never have been given the right to appeal decisions of its own Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), a right that the Government subsequently deemed the Council will lose. The GMC’s decision to appeal a decision of its own Tribunal service meant it lost the trust and confidence of many doctors and a lot of work is still required to rebuild that.

“For Dr Bawa-Garba to return to work, the MPTS has deemed that a period of sanctions be imposed on her, including a higher than normal level of clinical supervision and the BMA believes she should receive all necessary support to return to clinical practice.”

13 August 2018

Following an appeal by Dr Bawa-Garba in which the BMA intervened on behalf of its members and the wider profession, the Court of Appeal has overturned the decision to erase Dr Bawa-Garba from the medical register. 

Responding to the news, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said: "We welcome today’s judgement of this important case reversing the erasure of Dr Bawa-Garba from the medical register and restoring the decision of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal. We recognise the hard work of all involved, including Dr Bawa-Garba’s legal team, in securing a positive outcome. The BMA was pleased to be able to intervene in this case on behalf of the entire medical profession.”

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25 July 2018

BMA intervening in Bawa Garba appeal

The BMA is intervening on behalf of its members and the interests of the wider profession in the the appeal of Dr Hadiza Bawa Garba.

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11 July 2018

Creating a turning point on race equality in medicine

On the 11 July 2018 the BMA invited key stakeholders and experts to discuss race equality in medicine. The event focused on identifying actions to address a range of issues. It also included a panel discussion focused on how we can change the system to create a more supportive and inclusive environment for BME doctors and medical students.

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11 June 2018

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

Responding to the Health Secretary's announcement of a number of patient safety measures and recommendations from Professor Sir Norman Williams' review on gross negligence manslaughter1, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair said: "As we have seen with recent cases, when mistakes occur in the medical environment, the outcome can be tragic in leading to an unexpected death, with extreme distress both for grieving families who have lost loved ones and to doctors and other healthcare professionals who may lose their career as a result."

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Dr Nagpaul was interviewed by BBC News and a clip was used in news bulletins across the BBC network, including BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 4 and commercial radio network Global Radio.

BMA medico-legal chair Dr Jan Wise was also interviewed by a selection of BBC local radio stations. His comments and the BMA's stance were featured in news coverage in The Guardian, Mail Online, Press Association, ITV News Online, BBC News Online, Pulse, The Sun and The Times' leader column.


9 May 2018

BMA granted permission to intervene in Dr Bawa-Garba appeal against erasure from medical register by GMC.

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