A woman P suffered side-effects from an unorthodox medical procedure, and sued the surgeons responsible. Dismissing CC's claim for negligence, the Court of Appeal (2-1) said the Bolam test applied. He further submits that the defendant's own experts said that the second operation would only have been justified if the first defendant had found radicular pain or circumstances from which he deduced that there might be radicular pain. The judge said the test would be the standard of the ordinary skilled man exercising and professing to have the particular medical skill, but a doctor who acts in accordance with a practice approved by a responsible body of medical opinion is not negligent merely because there is a body of contrary opinion. In this case 11 out of over 1000. The learned judge certainly made strong adverse findings against the first defendant in respect of the second operation note. In dealing with Mr Webb's evidence the learned judge said: However, he did not reject expressly or by implication that the defendant in the course of the second operation cleared the foramina (ie the tunnels of the vertebrae through which the nerves exit) of compressing tissue and bone until he had freed the compromised nerves. Mr Piers Ashworth QC, on behalf of the respondent, submits on the cross-notice that the learned judge fell into error, that these findings were founded on a misconception and that the learned judge was not justified, on the evidence, in finding that the first defendant had deliberately dictated a false operation note within minutes of the conclusion of surgery. First, plaintiff has offered differing estimates as to how many feet he fell, but that is "irrelevant to [the] central contention that he fell when the [pick and ladder slipped], and that he was not provided with proper protection" (DeFreitas v Penta Painting & Decorating Corp., 146 AD3d 573, 574 [2017]; see Ernish v City of New York, 2 AD3d 256, 257 [2003]). Upholding the trial judge's finding in favour of DD, the Court of Appeal said the "responsible body of medical opinion" need not be particularly large. Whitehouse v Jordan [1981] 1 All ER 267, HL. This led to the development of arachnoiditis. He considers himself a spinal surgeon pursuing this specialism at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham where 90% of his time in surgery is spent on the spine. In my view there is no basis on which this court would be justified in interfering with the judge's findings of fact on any of the grounds contained in paragraphs 1 - 5 in the amended notice of appeal. Get 2 points on providing a valid reason for the above The risk of such injuries could have been reduced had P been given certain relaxing drugs before the treatment: the medical profession was divided as to whether such drugs should be given. In view of what has gone before, I can deal with this briefly. Medical negligence is a complicated area which we should continuously update ourselves on in order to stay on top of. The experts called on behalf of the first defendants accepted that "normal medical opinion" would not have countenanced surgery in this case and that those who would have countenanced surgery were a very small body of "spinal surgeons". LORD JUSTICE SWINTON THOMAS: For the reasons given by my Lord I agree this appeal should be dismissed. 3. Bradford-Smart v West Sussex CC (2002) Times 29/1/02, CA. Lord Browne-Wilkinson said obiter that a judge is not bound to find that a doctor is not negligent merely because there is a body of medical opinion in his favour: he must also be able to show that this opinion has a logical basis. Shakoor v Situ [2000] 4 All ER 181, Livesey QC. A fire broke out while the wife C2 and the three young children were upstairs. Maynard v West Midlands HA [1985] 1 All ER 635, HL. C's wife became pregnant after C's vasectomy reversed itself naturally, an event which occurs once in about 2000 cases, and C sued the surgeon D for his failure to warn of this risk. "The test is the standard of the ordinaryskilled man exercising and professing to have that special skill. It would be disastrous to the community if a doctor examining a patient or operating at the table, instead of getting on with his work, were forever looking over his shoulder to see if someone was coming up with a dagger. In order to assess these submissions, it is first necessary to consider what the learned judge found as fact. He then considered the factors which led to the first defendant to decide to operate: Earlier he had summarised part of the evidence of Mr Findlay (which he later accepted), an orthopaedic surgeon called on behalf of the first defendant. My first observation is that the Bolam test does not impose any burden of proof upon the defendant to establish that his diagnosis or treatment would be acceptable to a responsible body of medical opinion. To say a doctor has committed an error of clinical judgement does not in itself indicate whether or not he has been negligent; some errors of judgement may be consistent with the due exercise of professional skill, while other acts or omissions in the course of exercising clinical judgement may be so glaringly below the proper standards as to make a finding of negligence inevitable. Lord Scarman felt the American rule of "informed consent" should apply, and that there should generally be full disclosure unless "therapeutic privilege" could be invoked, but the majority said the Bolam/Maynard test should apply to vindicate any course supported by a substantial body of responsible medical opinion, subject to a duty to answer any direct questions truthfully and fully. 2. They should find him liable only if he had fallen short of the standard of reasonable medical care, so that he was deserving of censure. Creating a unique profile web page containing interviews, posts, articles, as well as the cases you have appeared in, greatly enhances your digital presence on search engines such Google and Bing, resulting in increased client interest. Mr O'Brien offered the matrimonial home as security. It was clear that a responsible body of professional opinion would agree that the school had done enough: it could not be a breach of duty to fail to take steps which were unlikely to do much good. proper protection" (DeFreitas v Penta Painting & Decorating Corp., 146 AD3d 573, 574 [2017]; see Ernish v City of New York, 2 AD3d 256, 257 [2003]). He cited Hills v Potter [1984] 1 WLR 641 where Hirst J stated at 653C: Counsel submitted that in using the word "substantial" the judge was doing so in a "quantative sense". The findings that the defendant had deliberately falsified his operation note and lied on oath about his findings are the subject of a cross-notice of appeal. A doctor is expected to come up to the standards of the reasonable doctor practising the skill in question - the reasonable GP, or the reasonable obstetrician, or the reasonable brain surgeon, or whatever. The learned judge treated the accuracy of the post-operative note as affecting the defendant's credibility. The judge found in C's favour and awarded damages of £500. It was open to the judge to find as a fact that a small number of specialists supporting DD's course of treatment constituted a responsible body of medical opinion, and he had done so in this case. The issue whether or not to operate could not be determined by counting heads. Brief Summary: COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected the life of millions of people, with significant socio-economic and psychological impact. Mr John Webb is an orthopaedic surgeon whose training included a post at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. Had she so suffered, the respondent would have discovered the fact. A body of eleven doctors out of a total of well over 1000 orthopaedic surgeons and neuro surgeons is very small. It was sufficient if he was satisfied that there was a responsible body. Order for payment of the Respondent's costs by the Legal Aid Board subject to the order lying in the office for 10 weeks so that the Area Director may be afforded the opportunity of showing cause why that course should not be followed. Appeal allowed and case remitted for hearing before a fresh Employment Tribunal. Defreitas v O'Brien (1995) Times 16/2/95, CA. Neither the accuracy of the note nor the judge's finding of falsity was determinative of any of the issues that the judge had to decide. Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0. A v National Blood Authority (BAILII: [2001] EWHC QB 446) AB v South West Water Services Ltd [1993] QB 507 AC Billings & Sons Ltd v Riden (BAILII: [1957] UKHL 1) [1958] AC 240 Adams v Ursell [1913] 1 Ch 269 Findlay CJ, having reviewed Irish authority and giving the judgment of the court, said: "The principles thus laid down....can in this manner be summarised: (1) The two tests for establishing negligence in diagnosis or treatment on the part of a medical practitioner is whether he has been proved to be guilty of such failure as no medical practitioner of equal specialist or generalist status and skill would be guilty of if acting with ordinary care. In those circumstances, Mr Brennan submits that it was not open to the judge to conclude that there existed a responsible body of medical opinion which would, on the facts as found by him, have operated on the plaintiff. Get 1 point on adding a valid citation to this judgment. "These are the words of McNair J. in Bolam v. Friern HospitalManagement Committee [1957] 1 W.L.R. The first case, Browne v AG Antigua and Barbuda, concerned a challenge to the constitutionality of section 5 of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act 2010 ROP(A)A, which had amended s.16 of the Representation of People Act 1992 by extending the residency qualification for Commonwealth citizens who wished to register to vote, from three to seven years. Cited – A v Secretary of State for the Home Department, and X v Secretary of State for the Home Department HL (House of Lords, [2004] UKHL 56, Bailii, Times 17-Dec-04, [2005] 2 WLR 87, [2005] 2 AC 68) The applicants had been imprisoned and held without trial, … An acceptable body can be very small. De Freitas v O'Brien and Connolly. He found that: Having accepted, as I do, the integrity of the evidence given by Mr Findlay and Mr Webb, I feel impelled to accept that part of their evidence which says that they speak on behalf of all those specialising in spinal surgery when they say that such a decision would not be unreasonable; on the contrary it would be necessary.". The latter is voluminous. The cases linked on your profile facilitate Casemine's artificial intelligence engine in recommending you to potential clients who might be interested in availing your services for similar matters. The conclusions and opinions of the first defendant's pre-operative decision for further surgery was justified, did not depend upon an assumption by them that the post-operative note was accurate. This is especially true of Guyana during the era of Forbes Burnham, which witnessed a number of ‘rigged’ elections following independence in 1966 (D.O’Brien, Constitutional Law Systems of the Commonwealth Caribbean(Oxford, Hart Publishing, 2014). Although birds belonging to order Caprimulgiformes show extensive karyotype variation, data concerning their genomic organization is still scarce, as most studies have presented only results obtained from conventional staining analyses. Thus, on any basis, the witnesses called were a fair representation of specialists practising in that field. Sidaway v Bethlem Royal Hospital [1985] 1 All ER 643, HL. Crawford v Charing Cross Hospital. Professional liability — Orthopaedic surgeon — Negligence — Diagnosis and treatment — Nerve root compression — Exploratory surgery — Whether orthopaedic surgeon was negligent in performing operations when there was no clear clinical or radiological evidence to … They attached significance to the increase in the scoliosis at the level of the first operation, coupled with the altered and deteriorating pattern of pain. A girl claimed compensation for psychiatric injuries caused by bullying on the estate where she lived and on the bus to and from school. At most he found that the plaintiff was exhibiting symptoms and signs which did not of themselves amount to radicular pain. The company was experiencing financial difficulty and the bank wished to find security for the company debts. Denning J said that on the road or in a factory there ought not to be any accidents if everyone used proper care, but in a hospital there was always a risk. Get 1 point on providing a valid sentiment to this P281 Nevertheless, the effect of De Freitas was to restore some measure of judicial discretion in the interpretation of witness testimony in cases where it is the minority view that holds sway. change. It is not in dispute that the plaintiff's subsequent problems were related to infection and the development of the CSF leak which resulted from the non-culpable perforation of the dura. This paper assesses the current state of negligence law in a clinician friendly way, including the most recent cases such as Tolias [2019]. "In order to make these general principles readily applicable to the facts of this case....it is necessary to state further conclusions not expressly referred to in the cases above-mentioned. If Mr de Freitas fails in that, the issue of damages arises. He is a Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association and of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. 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