Relationship between doctor and patient creates medical negligence concerns

Date: Jan 19, 2016

The relationship between a patient and the medical professionals they depend on has to be based on trust. Any events that impact this can have negative consequences for both parties. 

For doctors or other specialists this can result in them being the focus of medical negligence claims in cases where their actions affect the health of patients in a negative way. 

A recent case before the NSW Supreme Court revealed an extreme example of these events, where a relationship between a medical professional and a patient developed beyond normal professional boundaries. The case provides a notable warning for patients and reflects the dangers of misconduct for people in the health care industry. 

What were the details of the case?

The case in question saw the relationship between a doctor and one of his female patients turn sour over the period of just over decade. This led to a number claims of professional negligence and both medical and general misconduct, as the doctor's actions impacted his patient's health. 

The professional relationship soon also became a private one, adding further complications to the case, especially as both continued for a period of more than 10 years. 

In this case, the medical negligence claim is based around the fact the doctor not only prescribed the patient inappropriate drugs, he did so incorrectly is well. This means that as well as being introduced to potentially harmful, addictive or deadly substances, the patient was also given incorrect records.

This means that, if anything went wrong with other medications the patient was taking, it would be extremely difficult – if not impossible – to track the source of the complication. 

While this is dangerous with any medicine, the drug in question made this case significantly more serious, hence the grounds for taking legal action due to medical negligence. The patient was given morphine by the doctor in this example, a substance that can be extremely addictive if not administered properly. 

Considering the drug was not prescribed according to the correct medical standards, the patient was at an even greater risk of becoming dependent on the substance. 

To find out more about medical negligence claims, contact the team at Gerard Malouf and Partners. 

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