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Joanna Bower

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Joanna Bower

Joanna Bower

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Joanna specialises in medical malpractice, regulatory and disciplinary proceedings for healthcare professionals. Joanna advises on a broad range of proceedings against medical professionals, with particular expertise in advising GPs and private consultants.

Joanna has 20 years’ experience in advising healthcare professionals and their medical defence organisations and insurers. Joanna specialises in medical malpractice claims and advises healthcare professionals in disciplinary and regulatory proceedings, related Inquests, Inquiries and criminal proceedings.

Joanna has extensive experience in advising GPs and private consultants in all proceedings, having advised a number of healthcare professionals facing multi-layered proceedings, as well as managing high profile, multi-party, complex and high value claims. She also lectures and delivers training to public and private sector clients.

Experience
  • Trial win for NHS Resolution's ELSGP nurse and GP Members in a claim for failure to detect the onset of headaches preceding a catastrophic subarachnoid haemorrhage. HHJ Cotter QC found in favour of both Defendants on breach of duty HXC v Ms Hind & Dr Craze [2020]
  • Successfully defended a consultant gastroenterologist accused of sexual assault by three patients in a Crown Court trial, securing not guilty verdicts on all six counts
  • Advised a GP in a high profile claim and GMC investigation in a sad case of missed sepsis causing the death of a young child 
  • Successfully defended a consultant anaesthetist in a GMC investigation, avoided a neglect verdict at the Inquest and secured a good outcome in the MHPS proceedings, in a case involving the death of a patient following failed extubation in elective ENT surgery
  • Advised an accident & emergency consultant at an MPT hearing accused of self-prescribing to a family member using Trust items at home and falsifying records
  • Successfully defended a consultant cardiac surgeon in a GMC investigation, and avoided a neglect verdict at the Inquest in a case where a patient died following an aortic replacement valve being inadvertently implanted upside down 
  • Advised a consultant gastroenterologist in the high profile and longest running regulatory hearing: GMC v Dr Andrew Wakefield & Others (2010)

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