Christine Beuermann, ‘Do Hospitals Owe a So-Called ‘Non-Delegable’ Duty of Care to their Patients?’

Abstract:
It is not uncommon for the duty of care owed by a hospital to its patients to be described as ‘non-delegable’. 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.

Christine Beuermann, Do Hospitals Owe a So-Called ‘Non-Delegable’ Duty of Care to their Patients?, Medical Law Review, https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fwx040. Published: 8 September 2017.

First posted 2017-09-09 06:20:17

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