Advocate’s advice: Clinical negligence update

Bill Braithwaite QC provides his insight on recent significant case law ‘In Montgomery, the Supreme Court highlighted the importance of patient autonomy and the patient’s entitlement to make decisions whether to incur risks of injury inherent in treatment.’ Updating in clinical negligence is not always easy, because the principles usually stay the same, and only …
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Case report: Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 1307

Limits of the duty of informed consent; breach of duty; causation ‘The confirmation of the need to satisfy the but for test is consistent with a long line of recent authority.’ In Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] it was held that the doctor must take reasonable care to ensure that a patient is aware …
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Case review: Clinical negligence update

Dr Simon Fox QC provides a summary of all the important cases from 2017 ‘In ABC, the court considered the public interest, duty of confidentiality to the father, undermining of the doctor-patient relationship, pressure on patients to agree to disclosure, psychiatric harm to non-patients, burden on medical staff and incremental manner of development of the …
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Clinical negligence: Thrombosis and anticoagulation related claims

Julian Matthews examines some of the issues in this little-written-about area, with particular reference to the issues of patient consent which now arise following Montgomery ‘A proper and adequate supply of information to the patient and their relatives and carers at each stage is crucial in ensuring the safety of patients.‘Issues related to blood clotting …
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Advocate’s Advice: Clinical negligence review

Bill Braithwaite QC analyses the most important cases of the year ‘A report setting out a diagnosis without any recommendation for treatment or any further diagnostic procedure is far from what McNair J had in mind when he directed the jury in Bolam.’ Although I only do clinical negligence claims involving the brain or spine, I …
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Consent To Medical Treatment: Changing priorities

Paul Sankey investigates a decision in the Court of Appeal after it had applied the Montgomery test ‘There have been a number of reported decisions from the lower courts since Montgomery but this is the first Court of Appeal decision to apply the new definition of a doctor’s duty in giving advice.’The recent decision in …
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Patient Autonomy: Montgomery in action

Julian Matthews looks at recent case law on the issue of consent to medical treatment including the recent Court of Appeal decision of Webster ‘The judge had expressly found that there was an expectation that the consultant should have informed himself about the unusual combination of features and the potential risks arising from them.’Legal and …
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