Andrews v Greater Glasgow Health Board

Medical negligence – Liability – Causation – Damages. Court of Session: In an action by the surviving partner of a 77-year-old woman, seeking damages in respect of her death on 8 January 2013 due to ischaemic bowel and superior mesenteric artery thrombus, which he averred was caused by the negligence of a junior doctor then in the defenders' employment, the court held that the doctor was negligent in failing to advise the deceased that she required to be admitted to hospital and failing to carry out a rectal examination, that the pursuer had proved the necessary causal link between the doctor's negligence and the deceased's death; and it made awards of damages for inter alia, transmissible solatium of £2,000, and for distress, grief and loss of society of £75,000.

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