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.

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