Beyond Medical Negligence: Doctors Accused of Manslaughter
posted on Jul 27, 2018
How Far Can Medical Negligence Go?
In Jack Adcock’s case, it’s visible as to how far medical negligence can go. Jack, a six-year-old boy passed away after two Leicester Royal infirmary employees failed to provide him with the proper treatment. The two employees convicted of first-degree manslaughter are Hadiza Bawa-Garba and Isabel Amaro. Hadiza is a 39-year-old a trainee paediatrician and Isabel is a 47-yeard-old nurse.
Both received a two-year sentences suspension. The trail was held at Nottingham crown court. Protesters and a number of medical experts are still supporting Hadiza Bawa-Garba and believe that this wasn’t done intentionally. She shouldn't be charged with manslaughter as it was a mistake. The party who caused the death of Jack is the NHS. If they appointed more qualified staff this would never have happened? Hadiza was just following an order.
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt was in charge of appointing the medical examiners to the case. Hunt said that this isn’t the first time this has happened. So in order to prevent it from occurring again, all NHS patient deaths in the last couple of years will be examined. This will reveal if more deaths occurred due to improper staffing.
The Depths of Jeremy Hunt’s Investigation.
To avoid future cases such as Jack’s one, the culprit of these gross negligence accidents needs to be revealed. Jeremy along with the vast medical examiners and professionals believe the culprit is unqualified staffing. All recent deaths that were not examined by a coroner will fall under direct investigation. This is the only way how they will find out if the death was natural or due to medical negligence.
After Hadiza Bawa-Garba and Isabel Amaro was accused of medical negligence that resulted in Jack’s death. Jeremy couldn’t sit back and watch this go on any longer. Jack Adcock died because of septic shock in 2011 as a result of mistakes made by his caretakers. Jeremy pointed out that these mistakes will be impossible to make by qualified medical specialists.
Jack suffered from Down’s syndrome and a severe heart condition. During Jack’s care, he sustained infection and when he stopped to breathe, Hadiza and Isabel made no attempt to resuscitate him. According to the two, they were under a strict do not resuscitate order. Jeremy stated that with proper staffing the medical negligence could have been avoided.
Can Patients Ever Be Fully Protected?
Following all the investigations and examinations a review was done by Prof Sir Norman Williams. The review revealed that vital changes be implemented. The system needs to better regulate healthcare professionals so they are supported to reflect on their practice when things go wrong.
Prof Norman even stated in an interview: “A clearer understanding of the bar for gross negligence manslaughter in law should lead to fewer criminal investigations which are limited to just those rare cases where an individual’s performance is so ‘truly exceptionally bad’ that it requires a criminal sanction.
With these new regulations, it's hoped that future medical negligence leading to a patient’s death will cease to exist. The General Medical Council believes that until these new regulations are met, patients are not fully protected. The best steps to take when any form of medical negligence occurs is to appoint an experienced Medical Negligence Claims Solicitor.