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Question: The decision in Chester v Afshar 2004 UKHL 41 can be interpreted to mean both that a claimant can ignore the traditional rules of causation in a clinical negligence case and that the Bolam test (Bolam v Friern HMC 1957 2 All ER 582) is no longer relevant in determining what a patient should be told regarding the risks of medical treatment.

Consider the accuracy of this statement.

Answer: Chester v Afshar (1) has influenced two main issues in medical law and those are; the departure from the traditional rules of...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 71%
  • Words: 4732
  • Date submitted: February 10, 2009
  • Date written: January, 2006
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 737

Question: Is the Doctrine of Double Effect legalising Euthanasia by the back door?

Answer: In order to fully discuss this question, the definitions of both double effect and euthanasia must be established and the medical, moral...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 10018
  • Date submitted: February 10, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Dissertation
  • Essay ID: 740

Question: Consider the current law on Abortion in the UK.
Give a concise history of the current status of the law, as well as earlier reforms to the law on abortion in the UK.
Critically analyse the different ethical approaches, issues and concepts with respect to this subject matter.
Evaluate the validity of the current law on abortion and the competing arguments for reform.

Answer: The current status of abortion in the UK is that a woman can have an abortion if two doctors agree that her...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 68%
  • Words: 5930
  • Date submitted: April 24, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3720

Question: ‘In establishing the standard of professional conduct that ought be reasonably adopted by doctors, common law does little more than articulate standards adopted by doctors themselves, it does not impose those of its own.’
Discuss the accuracy of this statement.

Answer: This statement is concerned with the discussion of standard of care. An important point to note when discussing standard of care is...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 65%
  • Words: 1861
  • Date submitted: February 10, 2009
  • Date written: December, 2004
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 739

Question: The case of Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee has been extended – needs to be restricted.

Discuss.

Answer: Historically, it is much harder to sue a doctor than would be the situation in a simple running-down case; a higher standard...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 65%
  • Words: 2226
  • Date submitted: January 27, 2009
  • Date written: January, 2003
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 377

Question: The English courts only pretend to respect patient autonomy. In any difficult case, the judges prefer the doctors’ judgement of the patient’s best interests.’ Discuss.

Answer: Self governance or autonomy fundamentally depends on the capacity to make ones own decisions. Mentally competent people are said to enjoy the...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 2676
  • Date submitted: February 20, 2009
  • Date written: April, 2003
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 799

Question: 'The Principle of respect for patient autonomy has attained too much importance in English medical law; the rights and interests of parties other than the patient should be better accounted for.'

Discuss, with reference to the law governing confidentiality and the treatment of incompetent patients.

Answer: The central issue of this essay appears to be the concept of consent and thus I will examine the different ways of...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 62%
  • Words: 3107
  • Date submitted: February 11, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 742

Question: The Constitution of the World Health Organisation stated in 1946 that individuals have the right to the highest attainable standard of physical, mental and social well-being and not only the absence of infirmity and disease.

Discuss whether a 'right to health' exists in Ireland.

Answer: Introduction In this assignment I am going to discuss whether there is a right to health in Ireland or not. Therefore first...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 2616
  • Date submitted: March 29, 2013
  • Date written: March, 2013
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 4629

Question: MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE AND MALPRACTICE

'The average patient has few if not any satisfactory avenues in which to vent his / her frustration in the event of poor or negligent treatment.'

To what extent is this an accurate picture of the NHS complaints mechanism in this country? How far has civil litigation filled the gap?

Answer: Medical malpractice is professional negligence by an act or omission of a healthcare practitioner, where care provided deviates from accepted standards of...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1168
  • Date submitted: February 08, 2011
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3624

Question: CASE STUDY

Ann has become pregnant at the age of 40. On the advice of her doctor she underwent an amniocentesis at Erewhon General Hospital. Claire, a doctor employed by Erewhon General Hospital to carry out diagnostic tests, negligently failed to ascertain that Ann’s foetus suffered from a chromosomal disorder indicating Down syndrome. Ann gave birth to Ben, who did in fact suffer from Down syndrome. Had Ann been advised correctly about the results of the amniocentesis she would have been given the option of a lawful abortion, and would have taken that option.

Advise Ann on her claim against Erewhon General Hospital for the full costs of bringing up and looking after Ben for the duration of his expected life i.e a wrongful birth claim, and Ben on his claim against Erewhon General Hospital for the loss he has suffered in living his life in his disabled condition i.e a wrongful life claim.

Answer: Todd (2005: 370) argues that a claim for wrongful birth involves sharply competing questions of policy and principle. The principle of distributive...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Medical Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1941
  • Date submitted: February 11, 2009
  • Date written: January, 2005
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 744

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