A Duty of Care or a Duty to Care?

Duty of care: three words that have been in the headlines regarding the conduct of Philip Nitschke, whose right to practise as a doctor is being considered by the Medical Board of Australia.

At this stage it’s a professional rather than legal matter, but the law can be a mirror of society’s standards. And it is interesting to see how it has dealt with this question of medical duty in the past.  

Nitschke has been accused of not recommending psychiatric help for Nigel Brayley, a 45-year-old man who admitted in an email exchange that he was