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Australia proposes peer review of alleged negligence cases

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7364.565 (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:565
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Australia is planning to overhaul its negligence laws by introducing new peer review procedures and time limits that could make it harder for patients to sue doctors.

    The first report of the federal government's negligence review panel has recommended that a panel of doctors should rule on whether a doctor's actions were negligent or in line with accepted medical opinion.

    The inquiry suggests redefining medical negligence so that a doctor could not be sued if his orher treatment accords with “opinion widely held by a significant number of respected practitioners in the field unless the court considers the opinion was irrational.”

    Doctors would also be protected from litigation if more than three …

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