Cauda Equina onset & delayed treatment

Nasir Hussain v Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Jepson [2011] EWHC 2914 (QB) focuses on the onset of cauda equina symptoms & the issues of delayed diagnosis, treatment and of course causation - would the permanent damage suffered by Mr Hussain have been avoided. The decision helpfully summarises the classic breach issues in …

AHPRA Annual Report 2010 – 2011: Mandatory notifications

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority and the National Boards has published their 2010 - 2011 annual report. The Australian Doctor newspaper article commenting on the report highlights the 150 (144?) complaints made against doctors under mandatory reporting laws in the first year of the new national registration scheme. Overall there were 428 mandatory reports. …

Reproducing normality: Disability, prenatal testing & bioethics

The Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine, and Unit for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Sydney will host a workshop entitled "Reproducing Normality: Disability, prenatal testing & bioethics" on Wednesday 7 December 2011. The workshop notice raises issues such as  - does selective termination on the basis of disability entail …

Advance care directives

A national framework for advance care directives has been published by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council. The document describes goals for which policy and practice should aim, in providing for the greater use of advance care planning. A code for ethical practice is included.    

Anonymity in litigation – Supression orders

In X v Sydney Children's Hospitals Specialty Network [2011] NSWSC 1272, the Court addressed the tension which sometimes exists between the ordinary principles of open justice and the protection of vulnerable litigants. X was said to be a particularly vulnerable person who was liable to become depressed or anxious if her identity was to be …