Our response to the independent review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide

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Responding to the independent review into gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide, Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the NMC, said:  

“Today’s report is an important one and there are essential lessons here, not just for the GMC but for professional regulation more widely, including the NMC.

“When things go wrong in health and care, the investigations that follow can be long and complex. We must ensure everyone involved – those affected by failings in care, their families and professionals - are treated with dignity and respect and are properly supported. That’s why we have introduced our dedicated public support service and will be introducing an independent support line for professionals.

“It’s also vital, that where a mistake occurs, we take appropriate account of the context in which it happened. Creating a just culture – one which encourages openness and learning - is at the heart of our new approach to fitness to practise, as is working with employers to ensure better local investigations and referrals.  That way we will all understand better what happened and what we have to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We continue to work closely with the GMC and other regulators on these important, shared issues.”


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