Britten v Tayside Health Board

Medical negligence – Psychiatric injury – Consent to treatment – Causation. Sheriff Court: In an action in which the pursuer, who suffered from bipolar disorder and who suffered a relapse in his mental health and detention in a mental hospital following treatment of an eye condition with oral steroids, contended that there had been a breach of duty by the defenders in that the treating doctors had failed to advise him of the risks to his mental health of treatment by oral steroids, and of the availability of alternative treatment by steroid injection, the court held that the pursuer had not established causation and his claim failed because it was likely that even if he had been fully appraised of alternative treatment he would still have consented to the treatment which he did in fact receive.

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