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British surgeon sues paper for libel

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7028.397 (Published 17 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:397
  1. Clare Dyer

    A British surgeon dubbed “Dr Doolittle” by the Daily Mirror after the death of a patient is suing the Mirror Group for libel in the High Court in London. The patient, who had incurred a severe head injury, had to be flown 300 km to a neurosurgical bed after none could be found in the south east. As we went to press, the Daily Mirror's lawyers had given notice that they will call the former health secretary, Virginia Bottomley, to give evidence before the trial ends next week.

    Anthony Percy, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, Kent, claims that the paper suggested that he was guilty of gross dereliction of duty, bore some responsibility for the death of the patient, …

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