GP is held entirely responsible for brain damage of child who was discharged from hospital after head injury

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7883
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The Medical Defence Union (MDU) has lost an unusual High Court battle it launched to try to get back from the NHS some or all of the £4.5m (€5.6m; $7.2m) it had to pay in compensation and costs as a result of a young GP’s mistake nearly 20 years ago.

The case dates back to June 1993, when 2 year old Aaron Blain’s pushchair became tangled in the reins of a panicking horse on a farm visit and tipped him over on to his head.

Aaron was treated at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where he was found to have a slight leak from his nose that tested positive for glucose, indicating that it was cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). He was started on antibiotics and discharged two days after admission when the leak had stopped, with the expectation that it would heal itself. …

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