Dr Hunt was providing palliative care for his patient, Mr Cain.He prescribed opiates in extremely strong doses because Mr Cain’s cancer pain could not otherwise be successfully managed. Nurse Cratchett noticed that Mr Cain died rather more quickly than had been anticipated. She believed, on reasonable clinical grounds, that the medication contributed to his early death. Assuming she was correct, do the CMT&PCA sections 16-17 offer any legal protection to Dr Hunt under these circumstances?

Dr Hunt was providing palliative care for his patient, Mr Cain.He prescribed opiates in extremely strong doses because Mr Cain’s cancer pain could not otherwise be successfully managed. Nurse Cratchett noticed that Mr Cain died rather more quickly than had been anticipated. She believed, on reasonable clinical grounds, that the medication contributed to his early death.

 

Assuming she was correct, do the CMT&PCA sections 16-17 offer any legal protection to Dr Hunt under these circumstances?

 

The answer :

Yes. This is because he gave an overdose which means he did not act in accordance to proper professional standards of palliative care (s16c and 17c). People not cured or pain if not reduced due to overdose but on right dosage

 

 

 

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