Litigation in obstetrics and gynaecology has increased in Merseyside

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7080.607 (Published 22 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:607
  1. Brian Alderman, Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologista
  1. a Wirral Hospital, Upton, Wirral, Merseyside L49 5PE

    Editor-Over recent years the incidence of litigation, particularly in obstetrics and gynaecology, has increased dramatically. In 1995 I recorded the time that I spent dealing with in house matters of litigation.

    From 1 January to 31 December 1995 I spent 110.5 hours of time dealing with litigation issues (correspondence, reports to solicitors, interviews, etc). This amounts to about three working weeks. The vast majority of this …

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