Negligence of medical experts

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7498.1026-a (Published 28 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1026

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Expert witnesses should adhere to Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and be impartial

  1. Raymund Carroll, consultant urological surgeon (raymundcarroll@f2s.com),
  2. Richard G Notley, consultant urological surgeon
  1. The Manchester Clinic, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL
  2. Pewley Hill, Guildford GU1 3SW

    EDITOR—Bishop's personal view on the negligence of medical experts should not pass unchallenged.1

    Lord Woolf made it clear in the Civil Procedure Rules 1998, which came into effect in 1999, that all expert witnesses, medical or otherwise, have an absolute obligation to follow them. Part 35 sets out that the expert has an overriding duty to help the court, not to support the party who has engaged the expert. This …

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