Bolam test


Bolam test
in cases of alleged clinical negligence, a test used to determine the standard of care owed to a patient by doctors. The case Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee (1957) 1 WLR 583 established that there can be no breach in the duty of care so long as the doctor acted in accordance with a responsible body of medical opinion. Subsequent cases have challenged this test, requiring the doctor to behave ‘reasonably’ or ‘logically’ regardless of the body of medical opinion. The Bolam test applies only to cases of medical treatment and not to information given at consent.

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