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Bolitho v City & Hackney Health Authority [1997] 3 WLR 1151 House of Lords

A 2 year old child was admitted to hospital suffering from breathing difficulties. A doctor was summoned but did not attend as her bleep was not working due to low battery. The child died. The child's mother brought an action claiming that the doctor should have attended and intubated the child which would have saved the child's life. The doctor gave evidence that had she attended she would not have intubated. Another doctor gave evidence that they would not have intubated. The trial judge applied the Bolam test and held that there was no breach of duty. The claimant appealed.


In applying the Bolam test where evidence is given that other practitioners would have adopted the method employed by the defendant, it must be demonstrated that the method was based on logic and was defensible.
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