NMC responds to announcement of review into application of gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare

6 February 2018

Responding to the announcement of the review Jackie Smith, NMC Chief Executive and Registrar said:

“We welcome this review and will work closely with Professor Sir Norman Williams and other regulators to explore the long-standing issues in this important and complex area.

“Nurses and midwives do an extremely challenging job in often very difficult circumstances and mistakes can happen. While charges of gross negligence manslaughter among healthcare professionals are very rare, there must be a public discussion about how the health and care sector can ensure an open and transparent culture in which individuals and organisations can learn from their mistakes.

“We’ll continue to work with the GMC and others to look at how gross negligence manslaughter cases are handled within the health and care sector and to ensure that healthcare professionals have the right support in place to raise concerns.”

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