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Psychiatric patient awarded compensation after doctors failed to detain him

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:468
  1. Christopher Zinn
  1. Sydney

    Doctors have warned that a controversial court decision, awarding a psychotic killer compensation from a hospital and from psychiatric registrar for negligently failing to detain him, could lead to chaos in the health system.

    The Australian Medical Association warned that the move by New South Wales's Supreme Court to award the man $A300 000 (£124 200;$195 200; €179 500) after stabbing his brother's fiancée in a rage set a dangerous precedent. The New South Wales health department is appealing against Justice Michael Adams's ruling, which found that the Hunter Area …

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