Medical manslaughter, patient safety and a just culture
There is growing concern about the increasing tendency of the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute healthcare workers when things go wrong. The case of general surgeon David Sellu, who was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter in 2013 for not getting a patient to theatre in time, shows why shifting blame onto one person only promotes fear and the truth never comes out. A ‘no blame’ culture is the only way to make patients safer as part of a just culture so we all learn from deaths in healthcare.
In November 2016 the Appeal Court quashed the verdict on David Sellu. Here you can watch two videos in which Jenny Vaughan, Peter McDonald and Roger Kirby speak about the case and its impact on the health profession.