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The Bawa-Garba Case: a medico-legal discussion

An event jointly organised by the Biomedical and Law Subject Areas at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge

Join us to discuss the recent case of Dr Bawa-Garba, a paediatrician who was struck off the medical register over the death of a child under her care. By many, this was attributed to systems failure, rather than an individual’s mistake and did not merit the final verdict. The case shook the medical world and has stirred controversy and widespread discussions and campaigns.

This event seeks to explore:

  • What were the actual circumstances of the day?
  • Should doctors be constantly anxious of being removed from their profession, as mistakes with such heavy consequences can happen every day in an unsupportive environment?
  • Is the law on manslaughter adequate for current medical practice?

Speakers include our own students and a doctor with a background in both medicine and law who teaches medical students at Hughes Hall. They will introduce different aspects of the case, including the relevant law and medical background, before discussion will be opened to the floor for questions and debate.


  1. Harry Holkham (third-year graduate-entry medical student), will introduce the clinical aspects of the case and sequelae of events.
  2. Hattie Stacey (second-year law student), will introduce the law on manslaughter, the basis of the verdict, and the judicial review of the tribunal’s judgement.
  3. Dr Aaron D’Sa (specialist anaesthesist trainee at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and medicolegal advisor), will introduce the role of the GMC in relation to medical licencing and the way in which trainee doctors use reflection for learning, and summarise the current issues raised by this case.

Attendance is open to everyone, including from outside of Hughes Hall. Please register for a free ticket via the Eventbrite page (link below).

Wine and nibbles will be provided.