Television and Radio


Deborah investigated the case which sparked outrage among doctors – a junior doctor convicted of manslaughter and then struck off the medical register for her role in the death of a boy. In 2011, six-year-old Jack Adcock was admitted into the Leicester Royal Infirmary, under the care of Dr Hadiza Bawa Garba. Less than 12 hours later he had died from sepsis, a potentially life threatening condition. The action that was taken against Dr Bawa Garba provoked an outcry from the medical profession, who say she has been unfairly blamed for mistakes made while working in an overstretched and under-resourced NHS. So what should happen when doctors make mistakes? And who should take responsibility? Deborah spoke to Dr Bawa Garba in her first interview and to the parents of Jack Adcock to explore the story.

Deborah researched and reported an investigation into the evidence for ‘add-on’ treatments offered to patients seeking fertility treatment in the UK. The programme used data journalism combined with undercover reporting to explore what is offered by different clinics and what they claim so-called ‘add-on’ treatments do. The investigation received widespread coverage in the national and international media. Since airing, the UK’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has adopted a traffic light system to advise patients on the strength of the evidence underpinning different treatments and has started to clamp down on clinics.

Fertility treatment can be an expensive business. Reporter Deborah Cohen investigates how some clinics sell add-ons – the extra drugs, tests and treatments offered on top of standard fertility care. Some can add hundreds or thousands of pounds to a bill. Exclusive new research shows a worrying lack of good evidence from trials to show these can improve the chances of having a baby. Panorama goes undercover to reveal how patients aren’t always told everything they need to know when they ask some clinics about these treatments.

Sports drinks are increasingly regarded as an essential adjunct for anyone doing exercise, but the evidence for this view is lacking.In a joint investigation, Deborah combined data with investigative journalism to explore the claims made by companies and the impact on hydration guidelines. Do people need to drink ahead of their thirst? And do sports drinks hydrate faster than water?