ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL PROTECTION OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL AGAINST CRIMINAL AND TORTIOUS NEGLIGENCE

ADMINISTRATIVE AND LEGAL PROTECTION OF MEDICAL PERSONNEL AGAINST CRIMINAL AND TORTIOUS NEGLIGENCE

Author by Dr. Nzeribe E. Abangwu

Journal/Publisher: Nigerian Journal Of Medicine

Volume/Edition: 28

Language: English

Pages: 253 - 260

Abstract

Medical personnel are bound to experience some difficulties in the course of duty as they may end up criminally or civilly liable in the performane of these responsibilities. Accross the globe, many medical employees have lost their license to practice  their profession  after facing disciplinary committees for breach of duties. Some have been sued by patients for negligent treatment. administratively, the hospital management boards have protected their staff against liabilities by being sued instead of the staff, paying some patients off,or write off their hospital bills to compensate them for the liabilities of their medical personnel. Legally, medical personnel are also shielded from medical liabilities as long as they observe a high level of care and skills in the course of duty, otherwise, the law will remove the veil of protection and charge them as liable.


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