Jones (by his mother and litigation friend) v Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Negligence – Medical negligence. A claim, alleging that the claimant's brain injury had been caused by negligence in his mother's antenatal care at the defendant's hospital, was dismissed. The Queen's Bench Division held that, applying settled principles to the facts of the case, the claimant had not proved any breach of duty on the part of the defendant, because, among other things, it had been reasonable for the doctor to have diagnosed, as she had, that the claimant's mother had been in threatened pre-term labour and, accordingly, to prescribe a tocolytic drug.

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