New Challenges in Medical Negligence Law


Date: Thursday 20th April

Time: 9.15 - 4.30

Venue: Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool

Hosted by the Health Law and Regulation Unit, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool

It is a long-standing principle of tort law that patients injured by a doctor’s carelessness are entitled to compensation. Yet, with the NHS facing unparalleled financial challenges, the issue of compensating medical accidents is becoming increasingly controversial. The clash between concern for patient rights and an apprehension about a spiralling compensation culture is leading to highly charged debates in the press.

These popular concerns have come at a time of important doctrinal developments in medical negligence law. Within the past two years there have been landmark decisions on informed consent (Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board), psychiatric injury (Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Ronayne) and causation (Williams v the Bermuda Hospitals Board) together with several calls for statutory reform, such as the Saatchi Bill.

This conference will allow for critical reflection on this important area of law and highlight important research being undertaken in this domain.

Further information to follow.

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