11 May 2021 - Written by Richard Seabrook

Considerations of Consent, Capacity and Best Interests

Imagine the following scenario. A patient, known to have mental health issues, has been consenting to a proposed or potential course of medical treatment. Then, as the need to embark on that treatment crystalizes and becomes urgent, consent is withdrawn. The treatment...

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20 April 2021 - Written by Cassandra Williams

Clinical Negligence Cases: When the Bolam Test Does Not Apply

The law requires medical practitioners to use diligence, care, knowledge, skill and caution in administering treatment to a patient. The question of whether a medical practitioner has met the requisite standard of care is often considered by reference to the test laid...

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12 April 2021 - Written by Edward James

High Court Considers Whether Cardiac Surgery Leading to Re-Do Surgery Was Negligent

In Negus v Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWHC 643 (QB), the High Court considered whether an NHS Trust was...

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17 March 2021 - Written by Christopher Lowe & Alexandra Pountney

Informed Consent: Updated GMC Guidance

The topic of consent has been increasingly contentious since the Supreme Court’s decision in Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] AC 1430, which shifted the focus from Bolam-style clinical paternalism to patient autonomy. ...

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28 October 2020 - Written by Christopher Lowe

Informed Consent: Where Are We Now?

In Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board [2015] 1 AC 1430, the Supreme Court held that "[t]he doctor is ... under a duty to take reasonable care to ensure that the patient is aware of any material risks involved in any recommended treatment, and...

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