In this post, Henry King discusses the case of Hopkins (A Child) v Akramy  EWHC 3445 (QB), in which the court held that an NHS Primary Care Trust did not owe a non-delegable duty of care to protect NHS patients from harm, including harm from the negligent provision of primary medical services by a third party. This case provides useful insight into the court's considerations in a situation where the alleged negligence is by a third party with whom the NHS has contracted to provide healthcare services.
In this post, Isaac Hogarth summarises the recent case of SC v University Hospital Southampton NHS FT  EWHC 1610 (QB), which involved a failure to diagnose pneumococcal meningitis.
In this article, Isaac Hogarth discusses the issue of the standard of care to be applied to redeployed doctors in a Covid-19 setting. He suggests that legislation would be required to lay down any proposed modifications to the standard of care.
In this post Helen Waller of 12KBW discusses Mrs Justice Yip’s dismissal of a claim that sought to establish that a doctor owed a duty of care to disclose a patient’s hereditary disease to his child. An earlier appeal of a strike out application in this tragic case has already been reported on by Rachit … Continue reading ABC v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust & Ors  EWHC 455 (QB) Does a doctor owe a duty of care to disclose a hereditary disease to a patient’s child?
In this post Vanessa Cashman of 12KBW examines the recent decision of Lord Pentland [siting in the Outer House of the Scottish Court of Session] in Andrews v Greater Glasgow Health Board  CSOH 31. Summary The deceased attended hospital with vomiting and diarrhoea, both black in colour and was discharged with a diagnosis of … Continue reading “But for” vs Material Contribution and the burden of proof – Andrews v Greater Glasgow Health Board  CSOH 31
In this post Daniel Sokol of 12KBW examines the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in YVONNE LESFORIS v CHRISTOS TOLIAS  EWCA Civ 487. In May 2018, Mr Justice Spencer found that Mr Christos Tolias, a consultant neurosurgeon, had been negligent in giving his patient heparin too early following spinal surgery. This led … Continue reading Early Chemo-prophylaxis in Neurosurgery and The Battle of The Experts: Lesforis v Tolias
This blog is by Helen Waller of 12 King's Bench Walk. Is an NHS Trust liable in negligence for the acts or omissions of its administrative staff? The Supreme Court provides an answer: a unanimous yes. Background This case arose from unfortunate, but sadly not entirely surprising facts. Mr Darnley, then aged 26, was assaulted … Continue reading Caparo is no panacea and hospitals’ duties are owed by medical and non-medical staff alike: Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust  UKSC 50
Vanessa Cashman of 12KBW was instructed by Mrs Shah in relation to a claim arising out of the death of her 4 year old daughter Nailah in July 2014 at Whipps Cross Hospital. Link to news article: Evening Standard Article
In this post Thea Wilson of 12 KBW considers the recent case of Williams v CWM Taf Local Health Board, in which the Court of Appeal gave further guidance regarding the heavy burden on claimants of satisfying the Bolitho test. The Facts The Appellant (Claimant at first instance) had a number of health problems including … Continue reading The Bolitho Burden: Williams v CWM Taf Local Health Board