The human heart beneath the white coat

Rachel Gibbons, Hadiza Bawa-Garba, Clare Gerada

75 minutes


July 2023

Congress webinar 2023


In 2015, in a case that rocked the medical community, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was arrested, charged with manslaughter and struck off the medical register following the death of Jack Adcock a six year old boy. Following an uproar in the medical community she was re-instated on the GMC register and there was a change in the law. Her situation brings to the fore many questions about medical responsibility, systemic failures, scapegoating and the impossible demands put upon those who work in healthcare.

There will be two parts to this session. Initially Dr Bawa-Garba will be interviewed by Dr Rachel Gibbons about her lived experience. How did she survive? What has she learned? What changes might make a difference going forward? Then Dame Clare Gerada, the current President of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the author of ‘Beneath the White Coat’ will respond with her thoughts.

This session aims to:

- Start a discourse in the psychiatric community about Dr Bawa-Garba's lived experience.

- Learn about post traumatic growth

- Think about how systems could be improved for the care of staff in the future

Chair: Rachel Gibbons, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London, United Kingdom

Hadiza Bawa-Garba, Nottingham NHS Trust, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Clare Gerada, Royal College of General Practitioners, London, United Kingdom


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