Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, convicted of the manslaughter of a six-year-old boy, has had practise conditions lifted.

In a high profile case, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was previously found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of Jack Adcock at Leicester Royal Infirmary.  Although she was struck off the medical register, this was overturned on appeal. 

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) imposed a number of conditions requiring her to work “under close supervision” since November 2020. 

It has been reported that the MPTS said the conditions should be revoked with immediate effect, after finding her fitness to practise is no longer impaired.

The MPTS panel said in its written decision:

“While Dr Bawa-Garba had only resumed clinical practice in November 2020, the tribunal was struck by the volume of evidence she has been able to produce detailing all aspects of her clinical practice and the steps she has taken to ensure her skills and knowledge are now fully up to date.”

The BBC reported that after looking at written evidence, including positive testimonials from Dr Bawa Garba’s current colleagues, the panel decided she was a “competent, safe and reliable clinician about whom no further concerns had been raised”.

One testimonial, from a consultant paediatrician, said:

“On a personal note I have been truly impressed by her resilience and commitment to paediatrics. I am uncertain that I would have the strength of character to restart my training after such a long and difficult break.”

Nicky Adcock, Jack’s mother, had opposed Dr Bawa-Garba being allowed to practise again, and has described the decision as “appalling”.

She said: “To be perfectly honest… I can’t believe she has actually been reinstated, I think it’s absolutely disgusting.”

“This doctor has been given a second chance to go and do her medicine again. We’ve not been given a second chance. She took my son away and I’ve not been given a second chance,” she added.

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