3% of doctors draw 49% of all complaints

Released today by BMJ Quality & Safety onilne is a fascinating and novel research report by Marie Bismark & others, entitled Identification of doctors at risk of recurrent complaints. The research results arguably hold significant implications for the health complaints commissions, the Medical Board and the medical indemnity insurers. The authors explain: The distribution of …

Health care rights of pregnant women

The AMA today released its Position Statement on Maternal Decision-Making.The Position Statement highlights the AMA’s policy on maternal decision-making, where a pregnant woman has the same right to privacy, body integrity, and to make her own informed, autonomous health care decisions as any competent individual. 

Canadian birth trauma case: Ediger v Johnston

Ediger v Johnston is a decision of the Supreme Court of Canada which addresses causation of bradycardia by an attempted mid level forceps delivery.The doctor did not take precautions to ensure that, in the event of bradycardia, the child could have been delivered by Caesarean section without injury.  He took no steps before beginning the mid‑level forceps …

Chiropractic treatment damaging breast implant

Jurkovic v Hubbard was a successful claim for medical negligence against a chiropractor, before the NSW District Court. The patient asserted that the chiropractor did not take a medical history from her before performing treatments for neck and shoulder pain. The court found that the manner of treatment was not appropriate as a chiropractic procedure and that …

High Court update: Wallace v Kam

The appeal from Wallace v Kam was argued before a High Court bench of five justices, on 13 March 2013. The transcript of argument is available online.The High Court summarised the matter as follows:WALLACE v KAM  (S307/2012) Court appealed from:          New South Wales Court of Appeal                                         [2012] NSWCA 82 Date of judgment:               13 April 2012 Special …

AABHL conference 2013 & call for papers

The Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law 2013 conference is set for 11-14 July 2013 at the Sydney Law School. For more information and paper submission details, visit the conference website. Invitation to Attend 2013 is an auspicious year. It will be: 25 years since the Cartwright Inquiry into the New Zealand Cervical Cancer study; …