Williams Review publishes recommendations


The Professor Sir Norman Williams Review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare has been published.

The review makes a number of key recommendations, including:

  • that the General Medical Council’s (GMC) ability to appeal the fitness to practise decisions of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service should be removed, while the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) should retain its right to appeal on the basis of insufficient public protection   
  • that improvements are made to the way local investigations into unexpected deaths in healthcare are conducted, to fully understand the cause of death and reduce the likelihood of future incidents
  • that a working group should agree a clear explanatory statement on the law on gross negligence manslaughter
  • that regulators who can ask for information from registrants when investigating their fitness to practise should not be able to require reflective material.    

You can read the full review including all of the recommendations on the Department of Health and Social Care website. You can also find details of our initial response to the review on our website.

We will continue to post updates should legislation be changed to reflect the recommendations.

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