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Bloomsburry Family law

Clinical negligence

John Anderson v (1) Milton Keynes General NHS Trust (2) Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust

Although a hospital had been in breach of duty by not communicating to surgeons performing an operation the results of laboratory tests showing the presence of bacteria in a patient's existing surgical wound, and in not administering appropriate antibiotics to combat those bacteria, the hospital was not liable to the patient for his eventual continuing disability as, on a substantial balance of probabilities, the bacteria would have been immune to attack by that time.