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Professional and Clinical Negligence

Low Threshold For Referral To Hospital By GP In The Case Of A Premature Baby

Fallon v. Wilson, QBD, 18/11/10

Eady J held that the failure by a general practitioner to refer a premature baby to hospital after a consultation during which the baby presented with symptoms which justified such referral, amounted to a breach of the standard of care required of a reasonably competent general practitioner. The advice by the general practitioner to simply take the baby home and keep her warm fell short of the standard required of the general practitioner. In particular, in cases of premature babies, the threshold for requiring a referral to hospital would be low.

December 19, 2010 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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