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PATIENT'S "BURNS"

TREATMENT BY X-RAY JURY AWARDS WOMAN £1750 i P.A. CHRISTCHURCH, Thursday. Adding a rider to the effect that . it was concerned at the state of the i administration of the X-ray depart- { ment as revealed'by the evidence, a - jury in the Supreme Court returned ; a verdict in favour of the plaintiff, . Bernice Reddecliffs, of Hororata, for . £1750 general damages and £7 . special damages in a claim against . the North Canterbury Hospital ' Board. After the jury had been dismissed I Mr. G. G. Watson* counsel for the Hospital Board, asked for the entry . of judgment to be- postponed until a 1 certain question of law had been • argued, adding that in any event he i wished to give notice of motion for ■ a new trial on the grounds of wrongful admission of evidence and mis- [ direction of the jury. ! The case was one in which plain- . tiff alleged that in the X-ray treat- . merit of a wart or corn on her foot l plaintiff suffered burns which ulti- • mately made necessary an excision I of the skin and a graft being taken . from her calf. Mr. Justice Northcroft dealt with the liability of a qualified practitioner for the negligence or incompetence of an assistant. Not every unfortunate or untoward result suffered arose from negligence. Doctors . had to be protected in the proper : performance of their functions, and ■ this was as much in the interests of \ the public as of the profession. 'Cons versely, for the same reason negli--1 gent treatment could not be con- • doned.

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PATIENT'S "BURNS", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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PATIENT'S "BURNS" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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