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Gross negligence manslaughter in medical practice: where are we now?

Gross negligence manslaughter in medical practice: where are we now?


Event details:


Time: 4:00 PM - 6.30 PM

Cost to attend: Free

Organiser: Weightmans

Event theme(s): Non-clinical

Event type: Panel event

Event location:

The Hallmark Building,
105 Fenchurch Street,

About this event

This event is being organised by Weightman, one of our legal panel firms.

What is the event about?

An independent report into gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) and culpable homicide in medical practice, commissioned by the General Medical Council, was published in June 2019. The report was commissioned in response to the perceived vulnerability of the medical profession to these criminal charges and was chaired by Mr Leslie Hamilton, Assistant Coroner and former leading consultant cardiac surgeon.

The report provides wide-ranging recommendations which encompass organisations from the GMC itself to healthcare providers, coroners, the police/Crown Prosecution Service and lawyers. Whilst the report does not explore any individual GNM cases in detail it does make reference to specific GNM prosecutions against doctors, a number of which have been defended by Ian Stern QC of 2 Bedford Row, who was also Vice-Chair to Professor Sir Norman Williams’ review of GNM in healthcare, commissioned by the government and published in June 2018.

We are pleased to welcome both Mr Leslie Hamilton and Mr Ian Stern QC who will cover:

  • Why did the GMC commission a “GNM Review”?
  • Does the criminal law on GNM make healthcare safer for patients?
  • A “just culture”: suggestions for improvement
  • A practical guide to approaching a GNM prosecution from the defence perspective
  • How do the Williams / GMC Reviews impact on the defence of GNM prosecutions?

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