Summary of Recent Cases – Substantive Law


SUMMARY OF RECENT CASES – PROFESSIONAL AND CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE

GP Practice Unable To Escape Liability For Delayed Hospital Referral By Establishing Hospital Would Have Treated Patient Negligently

Wright v. Cambridge Medical Group (A Partnership), CA, 9/6/11

The Court of Appeal held that the judge below had erred, both in law and on the facts, to hold that the respondent GP’s negligent delay in referring the appellant patient to hospital, and which hospital had negligently delayed the correct diagnosis of the patient’s condition, had not been causative of the permanent injuries suffered. The Court of Appeal held that the respondent could not escape liability by establishing that the hospital would have negligently treated the patient, even if promptly referred.

July 23, 2011 · Editorial Team · Comments Closed
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