Powell v United Kingdom: ECHR 4 May 2000

A ten-year old boy had died from Addison’s disease. No inquest took place, because the coroner decided that the boy had died of natural causes. The parents, who were also affected by the events, had accepted compensation from the local health authority, and discontinued a claim for damages for negligence against the doctors, and a claim against those doctors for alleged falsification of records had been struck out. They complained about the falsification of these records. They had abandoned an appeal against a decision of a local NHS Medical Services Committee with which they were dissatisfied, and had not pursued their negligence claim against the doctors to trial.
Held: The case was rejected as inadmissible: ‘an applicant must be able to demonstrate an arguable claim under domestic law that there has been a breach of a civil right actionable in law. It is still impermissible for the Court to arrogate to itself the task of creating in favour of an individual a substantive right where none is recognised under domestic law’ and ‘it cannot accept that matters such as error of judgment on the part of a health professional or negligent co-ordination among health professionals in the treatment of a particular patient are sufficient of themselves to call a Contracting State to account from the standpoint of its positive obligations under Article 2 of the Convention to protect life.’
45305/99, (2000) 30 EHRR CD 152, [2000] ECHR 703
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CitedK v Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Another QBD 30-May-2008
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Held: The case should be . .
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CitedBirks, Regina (On the Application of) v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Admn 25-Sep-2014
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Updated: 09 January 2021; Ref: scu.184429