Medical Negligence and Duty of Care

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Under common law, healthcare professionals have a duty of care towards their clients. Breaching this may result in negligence. Medical negligence is a complicated legal situation. If you find yourself involved in negligence proceedings, you will need to understand the principles of negligence.

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Negligence can be defined as a failure to take reasonable care or steps to prevent loss or injury to another person. In healthcare, negligence occurs when a healthcare professional fails to take reasonable care or steps to prevent loss or injury to a client.


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great article well resourced.
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25 Aug 2021
That was very good to read and helped understand acknowledge
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20 Apr 2022
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Good resource for professional practice.
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15 Feb 2021
Short but concisely to the point.
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