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Legal framework for care in obstetrics and gynaecology

Edited by Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, David I. M. Farquharson, Ash Monga, Aris T. Papageorghiou and Lesley Regan

in Oxford Desk Reference: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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ISBN: 9780199552214
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725777 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199552214.003.0004

Series: Oxford Desk Reference

Legal framework for care in obstetrics and gynaecology

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Litigation is one of the health service's most pressing concerns, and obstetric litigation one of its most prominent features. The sharp increase in new claims against doctors and Obstetricians in particular has resulted in an increase in the practice of defensive medicine, a destruction of good patient–doctor relationships and a reduction in the number of new recruits to the specialty. Reference should also be made to the fact that the average retirement age for Obstetricians is 59 years, as opposed to the usual 65 years for other medical professionals. It is worthwhile emphasizing that the practice of ‘good medicine’ and the upholding of medical ethics would not only avoid litigation, but also result in greater job satisfaction for the doctor, better patient care and a healthier patient–doctor relationship.

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Subjects: Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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