The duty of care: medical negligence

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1984 Jul 7;289(6436):66-8. doi: 10.1136/bmj.289.6436.66.


KIE: This tenth article in a series on National Health Service administration and management reviews the current status of malpractice/negligence law in Great Britain. Among the topics discussed are the liability concerns of administrative units within the NHS; recent decisions in English negligence cases involving questions of established practice, informed consent, legal responsibility of employers, supervisors, and subordinates, and potential liability for lack of medical resources; and the best way of managing civil actions for compensation following medical accidents.

MeSH terms

  • Compensation and Redress
  • Informed Consent / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • State Medicine
  • United Kingdom