Our Medical Law specialist and Partner Sally Gleeson has continued to contribute articles to the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader newspaper, commenting on patients’ rights in Medical Law related issues. Read her latest articles below, published on St George & Sutherland Shire Leader on the 1st February 2017 and 21st December 2016:

Patients need to be fully informed on care

Excerpt from the article:

There is an old Chinese proverb which goes as follows, “The superior doctor prevents sickness;”

As a medical litigation lawyer who holds doctors in high esteem, it is often a difficult balancing act for me when I weigh up a doctor’s willingness to help the most vulnerable in our society with a failure to act reasonably in a particular circumstance.

Your rights can only be exercised if you are fully informed about that care and treatment.

Knowledge is power: Know your legal rights

Excerpt from the article:

The quality and safety of health care is an issue that concerns us all and this topic has received negative media attention in recent months. Most medical practitioners do a tremendous job, however, when a medical error occurs, on top of their pain and suffering, patients often feel lost and bewildered about what caused their medical misfortune.