5 recent cases of medical manslaughter

In Australia, criminal prosecutions for medical negligence are rare events.

Nonetheless, MDA National medicolegal advisers Dr Jane Deacon and Janet Harry point out there have been a handful of doctors in Australia in recent years who have faced charges of manslaughter.

Here is a list of some of the worst offenders:

  • A GP was found guilty in 2000 after administering an adult dose of morphine to a young child, resulting in the child's death.
  • An anaesthetist was charged and acquitted of manslaughter in 2001 when he allegedly failed to notice his patient was not breathing after an