Negligence and consent
Meiklejohn v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust  EWHC 469 (QB)
Judgment for defendant
Counsel: For the claimant: Richard Booth
For the defendant: Alexander Hutton QC
Solicitors: For the claimant: Anthony Gold
For the defendant: Bevan Brittan LLP
No negligence in failure to diagnose rare condition, or to warn of extremely rare side effects.The High Court has held that
there was nothing in a patient’s clinical presentation or history to suggest to a blood specialist that he was suffering from
a rare genetic disorder. She had not been negligent in failing to so suspect or treat him on the basis that he was suffering
from a different disorder. Doctors are often concerned about how much advice to give patients about rare side effects of treatment.
This decision provides some reassuring clarification.
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