UK Supreme Court backs GP who refused to pay £10 000 compensation to patient’s widowBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2743 (Published 13 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2743
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
The Northern Ireland complaints commissioner was acting beyond his powers when he recommended that a GP give the widow of a patient who died from a heart attack a consolatory payment of £10 000, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has ruled.
The unnamed GP apologised but refused to pay the £10 000, even though the commissioner threatened to lay a special report about the case before the Northern Ireland Assembly if he failed to pay.
The GP mounted a legal challenge to the commissioner’s decision, which initially failed but was successful in the Northern Ireland Court of Appeal in 2014. The appeal court judges …