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No redress for failed sterilisations

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1455
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The House of Lords, the United Kingdom's highest court, ruled last week that parents who produce a healthy child after a failed sterilisation or vasectomy have no right to claim compensation for the child's upbringing.

    The decision, in a Scottish case, amazed English lawyers because it overturned an English Court of Appeal judgment in 1985 that led to scores of awards …

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