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The healthcare professional and the Bolam test.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10758684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article will cover the history of the tort of negligence and how the judgement in the case of Donoghue v Stevenson enabled the courts to 'develop the law' to allow the concept of a 'duty of care' to develop which was extended to include healthcare professionals. The Bolam test is then described and how it has come to play such a prominent role in assisting the courts to assess if an appropriate standard has been achieved in medical negligence litigation. Attempts by the courts to move away from Bolam are discussed and the difficulties encountered because of the reluctance of the appellate courts to approve such decisions. Finally the recent House of Lords decision in Bolitho v City and Hackney Health Authority is examined and the implications this may have on the Bolam test.
J W Jones
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British dental journal     Volume:  188     ISSN:  0007-0610     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Dent J     Publication Date:  2000 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-04-25     Completed Date:  2000-04-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513219     Medline TA:  Br Dent J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  237-40     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
Warrington Hospital NHS Trust, Cheshire.
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MeSH Terms
Benchmarking / legislation & jurisprudence
Clinical Protocols
Education, Medical, Continuing
Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence
Great Britain
Health Personnel / legislation & jurisprudence*
Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
Medical Staff, Hospital / legislation & jurisprudence

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