Independent report

Williams review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare

A report from Professor Sir Norman Williams looking at gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare.



The review makes recommendations to support a more just and learning culture in the healthcare system. It covers:

  • the process for investigating gross negligence manslaughter
  • reflective practice of healthcare professionals
  • the regulation of healthcare professionals

This rapid policy review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare was chaired by Professor Sir Norman Williams.

The review was set up to look at the wider patient safety impact of concerns among healthcare professionals that simple errors could result in prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter, even if they happen in the context of broader organisation and system failings.

Published 11 June 2018
Last updated 20 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Annex D 'Meetings held by the Williams Review' was updated to include Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI), NHS Employers, Patient Safety Learning and Pharmacists Defence Association which were previously omitted in error.

  2. First published.