Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 4)

This week, in Hong Kong, another trial has started with the charge of gross negligence manslaughter (GNM). I cannot discuss this case at the moment but want to return to the case of Dr Mak, who was, from the available...

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 3)

14 June 2021 is the day in the Chinese calendar to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival. These local holidays are a reminder of the deep cultural heritage enjoyed by the Chinese people. Traditionally this festival falls on the fifth day...

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (Blog no.2)

In Volume 1, Issue 1 of this journal I wrote an article entitled: ‘From PIP to DC-CIK to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice: a medico-political minefield’. Little did I know or anticipate what a mess this was going to become: a medico-legal...

The role of expert witnesses in miscarriages of justice

‘Expert’ witnesses sometimes make mistakes. Great weight is often placed on expert evidence. The more esoteric the area of expertise, the greater the possibility of error. It follows that expert evidence sometimes leads to miscarriages of justice. Plastic surgery is...

Ethical expert reports by CAPSCO

One of the most stressful days for a surgeon is when a letter marked 'Confidential' comes through the letter box. A firm of solicitors or a complaint manager from a regulatory body such as the General Medical Council or the...

Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (Blog no.1)

On the 8 December 2020, Justice Judianna Barnes sentenced Dr Mak Wan-ling to three and a half years in prison. The charge for which she was found guilty was gross negligence manslaughter (GNM). She had injected a contaminated blood sample...