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Jenny Vaughan, 50, is a consultant neurologist in London. She was recently elected to sit on RCP council. She is also the Learn Not Blame campaign lead at The Doctor’s  Association UK (DAUK) as well as being a high-profile campaigner for reforming the law on gross negligence manslaughter when applied to those working in healthcare. She articulated the unease many people felt at the conviction of the surgeon David Sellu and, as campaign chair for his appeal, was instrumental in getting his conviction overturned. Along with Sellu’s legal team she is widely credited for having modernised the law in this area. She also played a major role in helping to over-turn the courts decision after a GMC Appeal to strike off Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and led the associated media campaign. She has published widely-read articles about medical Manslaughter, Mr David Sellu, Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba and ‘Just Culture.”
Dr Vaughan’s contributions helped shape the conclusions of the Williams review and the GNC independent review into Medical Manslaughter and how it has been applied in healthcare. She co-founded the first open access medical manslaughter website for healthcare professionals She now campaigns through DAUK for a “just culture” in healthcare and works to highlight the negative effects of the blame culture. She wishes to see significant improvements to patient safety by working with DAUK and other patient safety organisations. In 2018 she received the BMJ editor’s award for speaking truth to power. She was recently elected to the BMA medico-legal committee and recently completed an invited lecture tour of Australasia. There she spoke widely on the importance of a Just Culture in healthcare globally.