Influence of guidelines in determining medical negligence

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7499.1086-b (Published 05 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1086
  1. Kailash C Mohanty (kailashmohanty@hotmail.com), consultant physician
  1. Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby DN33 2BA

    EDITOR—In his article on the influence of evidence based guidelines in determining medical negligence Hurwitz argues to reject guidelines in favour of a “responsible body of medical opinion,” the fundamental principle laid down in the Bolam test on the standard of care, as he cites.1

    Eighty eight per cent of specialty guidelines did not give any information on searches,2 yet they are …

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