The BMJ reports that hundreds of doctors have signed a petition calling on the GMC not to use registration and licensing fees to reimburse Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba for her legal costs.
Earlier this month, Dr Bawa-Garba won an appeal against the original High Court judgement in favour of the GMC’s decision to remove her from the register. Having lost the appeal, the GMC must now reimburse the trainee paediatrician for her legal costs.
Within 24 hours of being launched online, 667 doctors had signed the petition. Many of the signatories had previously contributed to the crowdfunding appeal to fund Dr Bawa-Garba’s legal costs.
A letter which accompanies the petition states: “We fully support the fact that Dr Bawa-Garba should recoup all this money. However, we are firmly of the belief that this should not come from the GMC fees doctors up and down the land often struggle to pay.”
“We therefore request that the GMC find other ways to raise the money for costs. This could include a comprehensive salary review of GMC executives and their common practice of providing private healthcare to their employees. It could include any other mechanism. We are not going to be prescriptive about how this is achieved, only that it is,” the doctors say.
The petition is available to sign at www.manslaughterandhealthcare.org.uk.