Writing and Editing


WHO report on corruption in health cites Deborah’s work for Transparency International

Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain and is embedded in health systems worldwide. This WHO report on the sustainable development goals cites a typology of the categories of health corruption and their characteristics that Deborah helped define for Transparency International.

The 10-year fight to offer a cheaper drug – BBC Online

The right to offer patients a choice to use the cheap, effective drug bevacizumab (Avastin) to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, has been a long time coming. In September 2018 – after just under a decade of being thwarted by judicial review and lobby – the NHS finally won the right to do so. It’s a situation Deborah has been investigating for many years.

Struck off for honest mistakes – BBC Stories

When a junior doctor was convicted of manslaughter and struck off the medical register for her role in the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock, shockwaves reverberated through the medical profession.

Many doctors have argued that Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba was unfairly punished for mistakes she made while working in an overstretched and under-resourced NHS. With access to full trial transcripts, witness statements and internal hospital inquiries, Panorama spoke to Dr Bawa-Garba and to the parents of Jack Adcock in order to tell the story in detail.

Oxford TB vaccine study calls into question selective use of animal data – The BMJ

Researchers were disappointed when a clinical trial of a new tuberculosis vaccine failed to show benefit, but should it have gone ahead when animal studies had already raised doubts and what does it mean for future research? Using source documents and freedom of information, Deborah investigated the selective use of animal data by high profile researchers.

Back to blame: the Bawa-Garba case and the patient safety agenda

The case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba left the UK medical profession rattled. There is a sense that handling of the tragic death of a little boy at Leicester Royal Infirmary will leave the patient safety agenda in tatters by closing down any discussion of medical errors for fear of litigation. Senior and trainee doctors have said the the handling of the case by those directly involved, the judiciary, and the GMC risks reviving a culture of blame in healthcare. This story explores their concerns.