Goodwill v British Pregnancy Advisory Service: CA 19 Jan 1996

The doctor executed a vasectomy, and advised the plaintiff that he need no longer take contraceptive precautions.
Held: No duty fell on a doctor to advise on the possibility of the failure of a vasectomy toward possible future sexual partners of the subject of the operation. The law could not extend a duty to a possible future partner. That was a tenuous relationship.


Independent 19-Jan-1996, Gazette 07-Feb-1996, Times 29-Jan-1996, [1996] 2 All ER 161, [1996] 1 WLR 1397


England and Wales

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CitedWest Bromwich Albion Football Club Ltd v El-Safty QBD 14-Dec-2005
The claimant sought damages from the defendant surgeon alleging negligent care of a footballer. The defendant argued that he had no duty to the club as employer of his patient who was being treated through his BUPA membership. It would have created . .
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Professional Negligence, Health Professions

Updated: 04 July 2022; Ref: scu.80916