Medical Negligence – An update December 2016

Developments in Medical Negligence Law, 2014-2016 

by John Healy SC

Medical negligence cases continue to generate a significant number of reported decisions, some of them unique to their context (the parameters of the Dunne test) and many of them more generally applicable to the law on causation and damages. This lecture rounds up the significant developments since 2014. On this occasion, for convenience, I have not included decisions on wrongful death / Part IV, as this had been a focus in preceding years.


  • Application of the Dunne Test to Nurses
  • The Dunne Test & the Locality Rule
  • Junior Doctors
  • Informed Consent
  • Nervous Shock


  • Special Damages for Future Loss & the Real Rate of Return
  • Catastrophic Injury, Future Nursing Care & Periodic Payment Orders


  • Disclosure of Expert Reports:
  • PIAB Authorisations & the s.3(d) Exclusion
  • Pre-Action Protocol Reforms

Teaching methods:  

e-Lecture, e-Paper;

Duration & pricing:

  • Net-Duration: 1 hour

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