Medical Practice and Malpractice - LW866

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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This module seeks to provide the student with an understanding of the legal, ethical and practical issues involved in medical practice and malpractice. Those issues will be explored from the ground up and will provide all students a full opportunity, regardless of their knowledge of law, to get to grips with the fundamental principles of practical legal analysis from a fault-based perspective. In so doing, the legal and institutional contexts within which the many duties of medicine operate will be subjected to a detailed critical analysis.

Essentially, this module will link the multifarious medical legal theories to the realities of medical negligence and litigation; thereby affording the student a practitioner based insight into how modern medicine interacts within current legal practice.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 182
Total study hours: 200


Spring Term

Method of assessment

Essay – no more than 5000 words (100%)

Indicative reading

Herring, Medical Law and Ethics (6th edn, OUP, Oxford 2016)
Jackson, Medical Law: Text Cases and Materials (4th edn, OUP, Oxford 2016)
Mason & Laurie, Mason & McCall-Smith's Law and Medical Ethics. (10th ed. OUP, Oxford 2016)
Pattinson, Medical Law and Ethics (5th edn, Sweet and Maxwell, London 2017)

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the mechanisms involved in professional regulation, the role of the courts and dispute resolution.
2. Appreciate the relationship between medical law and ethics and the health care professional's duty of care.
3. Demonstrate insight into confidentiality and the disclosure of information as mediated by public interest and ethical concerns.
4. Form a conceptual overview of changes in the doctor/patient relationship as it is affected by resource allocation constraints and consumerism.


Stage 1

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