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Clinical negligence update, part one

Jock Mackenzie rounds up recent clinical negligence case law, including cases involving care by GPs and A&E doctors

20 July 2015

In FB (by her Mother and Litigation Friend WAC) v (1) Sohail Rana (2) Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust [2015] EWHC 1536 (Mr Justice Jay), the claimant failed to establish that a GP and a senior house officer (SHO) working in A&E had been negligent in failing to diagnose pneumococcal meningitis, which had led to significant brain damage.

On the facts, there had been insufficient clinical features (a high temperature, not eating properly, and a heat rash) based upon which the defendants should have suspected meningitis, and both the history taking and examination for each defendant had not been substandard, notwithstanding that the SHO had failed to elicit the history of eye rolling that had prompted the calling of the ambulance and the A&E attendance.

In another case involving an A&E doctor, Anthony Mulholland v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 268 (QB), the claimant (M) claim...

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