Inside the negligence case that tested the medical profession's rationality

Medicolegal expert Bill Madden explains the background to a negligence case that alarmed doctors.


The law, perhaps like medicine, seems easy enough to apply in many circumstances.

In medical negligence law, more than 90% of cases don’t require a judge to make a formal decision.

But every now and then a case arises that isn’t straightforward — a court decision is then required and we learn a little more about the legal framework.

We’ve seen that recently in the Liverpool Hospital case where doctors treating a boy for an

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