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RCOphth President responds to the Dr Bawa-Garba Court of Appeal ruling

17 August 2018

On 13 August the Court of Appeal overturned the previous decision to remove Dr Bawa-Garba from the medical register. Clearly, there are no winners in such a tragic case. There are many lessons to be learned, both by professional organisations and individuals. Hopefully, the final outcome will be better and safer care for patients.

Michael Burdon
President, The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Further reading

1.     GMC statement

2.    AoMRC statement

3.    The College has produced a useful OTG-lead resource with guidance for Trainees on when and to whom they should escalate concerns about patient safety and unsafe working conditions – RCOphth Guidance on Reflective Practice, Escalating Patient Safety Concerns and Unsafe Working Conditions


The following GMC guide provides further context on the case and the background to the appeal ruling –
Dr Bawa Garba’s appeal – FAQ