Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christine Beuermann
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It is not uncommon for the duty of care owed by a hospital to its patients to be described as ‘nondelegable’. Use of this label suggests that a hospital may be held strictly liable to a patient for the wrongdoing of a third party beyond the circumstances in which vicarious liability might be imposed. To date, no higher court has used the label to impose such liability. Notwithstanding, it was assumed by Lord Sumption in Woodland v Swimming Teachers Association that the duty of care owed by a hospital to a patient could be so described when formulating his test for determining the existence of a ‘non-delegable duty of care’. This article challenges that assumption and, in turn, the veracity of the test devised by Lord Sumption.
Author(s): Beuermann C
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Medical Law Review
Print publication date: 01/02/2018
Online publication date: 08/09/2017
Acceptance date: 19/06/2017
Date deposited: 13/07/2017
ISSN (print): 0967-0742
ISSN (electronic): 1464-3790
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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