Medical Negligence Law: Seeking a Balance

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Medical Negligence Law: Seeking a Balance has two main aims. One is to explain how the law of medical negligence operates in the UK, written in such a way as to provide a compact and accessible summary of the main legal principles (including the criminal law and professional discipline) not only for lawyers but also for doctors, healthcare professionals, administrators, managers and students of these disciplines. The second aim is to analyse the operation of the law and identify areas and aims for which improvements are needed. Options for reform are canvassed, and suggestions put forward to implement the aims which the legal system should strive to embody. Themes include the imbalance of the law towards individuals' liability, the law's unsophisticated approach to medical accidents, the adversarial system, and the separation of accountability and compensation.
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For doctors, healthcare professional, administrators, managers, and students and well as for lawyers, summarizes briefly how the law of medical negligence operates in the UK. Also analyzes how the law operates and suggests areas in which improvements are needed, surveys reform options, and makes recommendations for the legal system. Among the themes are the law's imbalance toward the liability of individuals, its unsophisticated approach to medical accidents, the adversarial system, and the separation between accountability and compensation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855216433
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Series: Medico-Legal Issues Series
  • Pages: 235
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Issues and Themes 1
2 Current Techniques: Principles of Liability in Negligence 13
3 Current Techniques: Some Aspects of Medical Negligence Litigation in Context 69
4 Current Techniques: Some Non-tort Factors 97
5 Current Techniques: Deficiencies 133
6 New Techniques and Approaches 167
7 Possible Worlds 191
8 Conclusions 219
Index 229
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