Medical decisions must be logically defensible

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 22 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1327
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent

    Expert witnesses will have to ensure that any conclusion they reach is logically defensible if they want the court to accept it, the House of Lords has ruled.

    The court ruled that City and Hackney Health Authority in east London was not liable for brain damage suffered by a 2 year old boy with respiratory difficulties who had a cardiac arrest after a senior registrar twice failed to answer a summons from a sister. The health authority admitted negligence and accepted that the boy, Patrick Bolitho, probably would not have been brain damaged had …

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