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The latest on Bolam is Dead

Bolam is dead. Long live Bolam! ~ by Simon Fox QC Dr Simon Fox QC is a medically qualified barrister based at Serjeants’ Inn, London. He is a specialist clinical negligence silk, assistant coroner and certified mediator. He can be contacted at sfoxqc@serjeantsinn.comand on twitter @clinnegsilk. In this article he reviews the Bolam test for…Read Article

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Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims?

Why Do People Bring Clinical Negligence Claims? ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Contrary to popular belief, the number of people who bring clinical negligence claims is relatively small. Whilst no figures are available for the number of medical mistakes each year they are thought to be very high. An estimate in 2000 put the…Read Article

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Negligent Advice and a Wrongful Birth: a GP’s Liability

Negligent Advice and a Wrongful Birth: a GP’s Liability ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law Khan v MNX[1] A decision of the Court of Appeal of Khan v MNX considered the right approach in wrongful birth cases. It also throws light on the scope of a doctor’s duty to a patient. The facts A GP…Read Article

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First Annual Medico-Legal Expert Witness Conference

“A top notch conference with plenty of opportunity to engage with the speakers.” Our first Annual Expert Witness Conference!  Over 55 leading Consultants, GPs and medical experts came together to take part in what was described as, “a very interactive day of medicolegal discussion and debate.” Dr Simon Fox QC addressed the conference on the…Read Article

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Is a Hospital Liable for a Receptionist’s Negligent Advice?

Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust (2018) ~ by Paul Sankey, Enable Law A receptionist in Accident and Emergency tells a patient he would have to wait 4 to 5 hours to see a doctor. The advice is wrong. The patient leaves. He suffers injury as a result. Is the hospital in damages? This…Read Article

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Bolam is dead. Long live Bolam!

Bolam is dead. Long live Bolam! ~ by Simon Fox QC As a doctor transferring from medicine to law 25 years ago, I was struck by the illogicality of the Bolam test, in that it seemed to me that it couldn’t logically be applied to many circumstances of medical negligence. The most obvious to me,…Read Article