A doctor who was struck off after her mistakes led to the death of a six-year-old has had thousands of doctors sign a letter in protest against the decision.
Hadiza Bawa-Garba was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of Jack Adcock, who had Down’s syndrome and a heart condition, when she marked him as ‘do not resuscitate’ because she had confused him for another patient.
The trainee pediatrician was struck off on Thursday after having been sentenced to two years in prison in 2015.
The General Medical Council (GMC) then appealed against her suspension from practicing which would have lasted for one year after her release.
Sentencing, Mr Justice Nicol said that neither Dr Bawa-Garba or a nurse who was on duty at the time ‘gave Jack the priority which this very sick boy deserved’.
However, 7,500 signatures were gathered in just 24 hours following the decision for her removal from medical practice from doctors in her support, reports the Daily Mail.
There are claims that the decision could put doctors off admitting their mistakes in the future.
Little Jack, from Glen Parva, Leicestershire, died at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011 after he developed sepsis, which Bawa-Garba misdiagnosed as gastroenteritis.
She then took three hours to examine x-rays revealing that he had a chest infection and needed antibiotics and failed to act on blood tests showing he had kidney failure.
In addition,she neglected to make it clear in his notes he should not be given a drug which lowers blood pressure and is unsuitable for people in septic shock.
When he suffered a septic shock and his heart stopped, she initially mistook him for another patient who had ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ instruction on his notes –and called off the resuscitation.
Experts claimed this had no impact on his death as his condition was too far advanced.