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Press Statement: HCSA responds to Jeremy Hunt announcement of Medical Manslaughter ‘rapid review'

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HCSA, the professional association and trade union for all hospital doctors, has issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt’s Commons announcement of a “rapid review" into the current status of hospital doctors with regards medical manslaughter.

An HCSA spokesman said: “We are pleased that the Secretary of State has acknowledged the deep concern within the profession around the Bawa-Garba case and has acted swiftly to order a rapid review led by Sir Norman Williams.

“Clarity is needed urgently to end the current crisis of confidence among hospital doctors around reflective practice and to ensure the fair treatment of those who become embroiled in medical manslaughter cases.

“We shall be studying the detailed remit closely and look forward to engaging at the earliest opportunity with Sir Norman in order to secure sufficient protections and peace of mind for HCSA members, senior and junior.”