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Gross Negligence Manslaughter in Healthcare: The medico-legal dilemma (part 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 mess with ignorant lawyers and arrogant doctors demonstrating how stupidity and rapacious hypocrisy can twist and distort reality for the purposes of extracting a bizarre social revenge with little sense of justice.

Perceptions and deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 21 November 2016

The new international word of the year for 2016 is ‘post-truth’. The term refers to the practice of appealing to emotion and personal beliefs rather than objective and verifiable truth when attempting to influence public opinion. Apparently, the usage of...

Editor’s reaction to acid attacks in London

As I travelled to work to day I heard on the radio that there had been five separate “acid attacks” in London last night. It appears that these were all perpetrated by the same assailants and the motivation for the...

Perceptions and deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 14 December 2016

A Death in Hong Kong: an evolving essay and insight into medicine and the law in contemporary Hong Kong (part five) Whilst the death of Zoey Leung was now the focus of a criminal investigation I found myself dealing with...

Perceptions and deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 12 December 2016

A Death in Hong Kong: an evolving essay and insight into medicine and the law in contemporary Hong Kong (part four). I had found Dr Wong exposing a dying patient for his own vicarious gratification. I had specifically forbidden him...

First there was Sophia

A robot is a man-made machine which can do some things by itself. It is not alive. It has no physiology. But it does have a source of energy, sensors to interact with the external world, a rudimentary nervous system...

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

I want to return to the case of Dr Mak, who was, from the available evidence, caught up in a miscarriage of justice that arose because of a lack of effective interprofessional communication in the legal process.

Perceptions and Deceptions a personal blog by the editor 15 June 2016

It is recorded that Dr James Hwang arrived at 15:40 and commenced cardiac massage. I wonder why? Of course, the ‘non-essential equipment’ included a cardiac monitor. So no help there. Palpating a pulse in a patient who is convulsing (still)...

Perceptions and Deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 5 October 2016

And there was me thinking Hong Kong is in a bit of a political mess! What an extraordinary few weeks in the UK as far as medicine is concerned. After months of insisting that he, The Right Honorable Jeremy Hunt,...

Edinburgh cosmetic doctor fundraises for local NHS workers

Regular contributor to The PMFA Journal, Dr Nestor Demosthenous, has created a JustGiving page to generate support for Edinburgh and Lothians' healthcare workers currently at the forefront of the COVID-19 response.