Taylor and others v Dailly Health Centre and others

Medical negligence – General practitioner – Failure to diagnose heart attack – Liability. Court of Session: Granting decree of absolvitor in an action in which relatives of a woman who suffered a fatal cheart attack sought damages from the general medical practice and partners thereof responsible for her care at time of her death, the court held that in deciding not to admit the deceased to hospital as a matter of urgency the GP who made a home visit to her on the day of her death did not depart from usual and normal practice and did not fall below the standard reasonably to be expected of an ordinarily competent GP exercising reasonable skill and care; his diagnosis was wrong, but it was not negligent: nor was the GP in breach of any duty incumbent upon him to obtain the deceased's informed consent to the course of action which he decided to take.

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