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Bolitho v City & Hackney Health Authority [1997]


  • A doctor was called to attend a 2 year old child with breathing difficulties
  • The doctor did not attend and the child died
  • The process of intubation may have saved the child’s life


  • Could the doctor be held liable for not attending?


  • No


  • The claimant could not prove that the doctor would have intubated, experts had differing opinions as intubation carries many risks and alternative courses of action could have been taken
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