Working group to lead medical manslaughter review announced by GMC

Hempsons’ Bertie Leigh joins the working group for Dame Clare Marx’s independent review into gross negligence manslaughter (and culpable homicide in Scotland) in the medical profession.

The medical manslaughter review, commissioned by the General Medical Council (GMC), will see Dame Clare Marx, Chair of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, conduct an independent review to explore how such cases are initiated and investigated in the UK.

The 10 members of the working group assisting Dame Clare Marx are Dr Clare Gerada, Leslie Hamilton, Professor Pali Hungin, Bertie Leigh, Liz McAnulty, Vivienne Parry, Selva Ramasamy, Professor Iqbal Singh, Dr Jude Tweedie, and Dr Iain Wallace.

The working group will meet regularly throughout the rest of the year to analyse all aspects of the process, including:

  • What happens after a fatal incident occurs
  • The impact of any criminal investigation
  • Inquiries by a coroner, procurator fiscal or sheriff
  • The regulatory process and the GMC’s fitness to practise processes.

Dame Clare’s report will be published early next year.

For more information, visit GMC’s website: