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Clinical Negligence

Dr Michael J Powers KC BSc MB BS DA FFFLM LLD (Hons) and Dr Anthony Barton

ISBN: 9781526521552

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Edition: Sixth

Publication Date: 2023

Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional

Clinical Negligence

Clinical Negligence

"I would highly recommend this book...It is high quality, clear and comprehensive and will no doubt prove an invaluable source of reference. Five stars on all counts." Tim Kevan, co-editor, PIBULJ.COM

This book remains the only text of its kind to cover both the medical and legal aspects of medical negligence. Written by a team of more than 60 experts, it continues to provide the most comprehensive and authoritative guidance on all aspects of clinical negligence claims, from bringing an action for damages to presenting expert evidence in court. It also includes detailed consideration of funding and cost implications.

Those needing clear guidance to make the best possible preparations for an action will find all they need here.

The new 6th edition has been fully revised and restructured, including new chapters on the future of clinical negligence litigation, cardiology, gynaecology, obstetrics, haematology , and also includes coverage and analysis of recent key cases such as:

  • Williams v Bermuda Hospitals[2016] UKPC 4 (causation)
  • R (on the application of Maughan) v HM Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire[2020] UKSC 46 (suicide in inquests)
  • Darnley v Croydon Health Authority[2018] UKSC 50 (duty of care owed by receptionist)
  • ABC v St George's Hosp [2020] EWHC 455 (Huntington's chorea confidentiality)
  • Swift v Carpenter[2020] EWCA Civ 1295 (future accommodation costs)
  • Whittington Hospital NHS Trust v XX[2020] UKSC 14 (damages for surrogacy)
  • Khan v Meadows[2021] UKSC 21 (scope of duty of care)
  • Nguyen v HM Assistant Coroner for Inner West London [2021] EWHC 3354 (sufficiency of inquiry)

Easy-to-access structure

The new edition maintains its easy-to-access, two-part structure. The first part, set out in 16 chapters, deals with legal aspects of medical malpractice, including complaints procedures, poor performance and medical professional governance, preparation of medical evidence, settlements and trial. There are also chapters on product liability, and coronial law. The final 27 chapters in the second part cover the risks associated with particular areas of specialist medical practice.