Surgeon wins record libel damages

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 02 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:527
  1. Clare Dyer

    A British surgeon dubbed “Dr Dolittle” by the Daily Mirror after the death of a patient has won the fourth highest libel damages ever awarded in Britain. Mr Anthony Percy, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, Kent, was awarded pounds sterling625000 ($938000) by a jury at the High Court in London after a three week trial.

    Mr Percy, who alleged that he was “framed and set up” by the Department of Health to divert attention from a shortage of neurosurgical beds, sued after a front page story last March blamed him for the death of 45 year old Mr Malcolm Murray. Mr Murray, who sustained a major brain injury in a hit and run accident, died at Leeds General Infirmary after having been flown …

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