Maguire v North West Strategic Health Authority: QBD 16 Nov 2012

The claimant General Practitioner doctor had been found liable for professional negligence leading to very severe injury. He now sought a contribution from the Authority, saying that their similar mistake within a few days had similarly caused the delay leading to the infection.
Held: On the facts, no agent or employee of the defendant had been negligent, and the application for a contribution failed. The fact that the hospital had asked the parents, in the case of further difficulties, either to return to the hospital or to see their GP was not to be faulted.

Cotter QC J
[2012] EWHC 3272 (QB)
England and Wales
CitedMaynard v West Midlands Regional Health Authority HL 1985
The test of professional negligence is the standard of the ordinary skilled man exercising and professing to have that special skill. Lord Scarman said: ‘a doctor who professes to exercise a special skill must exercise the ordinary skill must . .
CitedBolitho v City and Hackney Health Authority HL 24-Jul-1997
The plaintiff suffered catastrophic brain damage as a result of cardiac arrest induced by respiratory failure as a child whilst at the defendant hospital. A doctor was summoned but failed to attend, and the child suffered cardiac arrest and brain . .

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Health Professions, Professional Negligence

Updated: 12 January 2022; Ref: scu.465842