Following the publication of a freedom of information request by the Press Association which has revealed the General Medical Council (GMC) spent almost £30,000 fighting the case against paediatric specialist Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, Dr Nick Scriven, president of the Society of Acute Medicine, said:
“This was a tragedy on several levels, not least the death of a young boy.
“The ongoing damage is that the medical profession has lost faith in our regulatory body and that the vital learning through sharing experience may not be the same again.
“These figures will shock and further anger the medical profession as the money will have been raised by doctors’ GMC subscriptions and was used in a way the majority of doctors opposed.
“We need the GMC to make a concerted effort to rebuild trust with its members.”