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Patients can sue authority for actions of GP

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:131
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Former patients of the struck-off GP Clifford Ayling were given the go ahead at the High Court last week to sue the health authority responsible for primary care trusts and NHS trusts in the area where he practised.

    The claim, the first of its kind, will test the extent to which health authorities can be held legally liable for the actions of self employed GPs. Dr Ayling, 72, was a partner in a family practice in Kent and also worked …

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