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Doctors, Lawyers and Wolves: Learning from the Bawa-Garba Case

RCPE Evening Meeting Edinburgh

Date: Monday, 23 April 2018


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


Doctors Lawyers and Wolves: Learning from the Bawa-Garba Case.

An evening debate in association with the Faculty of Advocates

The recent judgement on the case of Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba case has unsettled the medical profession and raised important questions on whether an individual can be held accountable for systemic failures. The criminalisation of medical error may also discourage reflection and adversely impact the culture of safety in medicine. What advice should educational supervisors give to trainees when writing narratives on potential litigious events? What might the public reasonably expect of individual doctors when errors in management lead to death?  How should career grade doctors reflect on near misses, complaints, and serious adverse events?

In the first in a new series of medico-legal updates, we will be looking at duty of candour with a focus on the case Dr Bawa-Garba. Our panel of speakers will look at the wider implications of this case on the medical profession, with a particular focus on how doctors’ personal reflection is used. We will consider issues around the  criminalisation of medical errors and whether this can impact on the overall quality and safety of healthcare, and whether prosecuting doctors will discourage reflection. Furthermore, we will consider what the public can expect when errors do occur and how we learn from serious failings in care to prevent their reoccurrence.

The meeting will take place in RCPE and be webstreamed to University of Manchester -Site to be confirmed

The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the audience.


Dr Conor Maguire & Dr Peter Reid

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Registration will start from 6pm with the event commencing at 6.30pm and ending by 8pm.

The event will be chaired by Dr Peter Reid, Deputy Director of Education, and our panel of expert speakers will be:

  • Andy Lewis (GMC Assistant Director, Employer Liaison Service) 
  • Dr Tom Mackay (Vice-President, RCPE)
  • Professor Jane Mamelok (Postgraduate Dean, Manchester)
  • Dr Anna Olsson-Brown (Trainee representative)
  • Ms Maureen O’Neill (Lay representative)
  • Astrid Smart, (Faculty of Advocates)
  • Dr Kathy Strachan (Acute Medicine Physician)


There will be a panel discussion followed by questions from the audience.

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This event is open to medical personnel and legal fraternity only. 
There are no free places or concessions available this event.

There are only 120 places available at this event in RCPE

Registration fees - applicable to both sites



Senior  grade doctors/
Consultants /Advocates/



All trainees:
Trainee doctors / AHPs / Trainee legal / Devil 




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Further Info

This event is open to all grades of medical, health care and scientific staff , to students and those within the legal fraternity. 

All relevant events are approved for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). A certificate of attendance with CPD information will be issued electronically to individual delegates via email. Please note - certificates can only be issued to attendees who have signed against their name on the CPD Register/Delegate List available at each event and completed feedback forms have been received.

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

A professional photographer may be in attendance at this event. Photographs may be used by the College in digital and printed publicity material. If you do not wish to be photographed, please let a member of staff know at the registration desk.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the main historic rooms. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

Commercial Sponsorship

Many events are supported by commercial companies taking stand space. Health professionals and NHS managers are invited to visit the company stands during the breaks. Companies interested in sponsoring this, or other events listed on the Calendar, should contact the Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

Exhibitors/sponsors play no part in the planning or delivery of the event and the College has developed an Ethical Sponsorship Policy to support organising committees and committee chairs in their negotiations with potential commercial partners for education and other events.

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