The School of Law, The Northcap University is organized a guest lecture by Dr. Oliver Quick who is a Professor in the University of Bristol on the theme “Healthcare, Medicine & Medical Manslaughter”. Prof. Quick gave an enlightening lecture on extended jurisprudence of torts for Medical Negligence. Medical Manslaughter is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error.

He explained that conviction in such cases has to be assessed by the Jury considering whether the extent to which the defendant’s conduct departed from the proper standard of care incumbent upon him, involving as it must have done a risk of death to the patient, was such that it should be judged criminal. The essence of the matter is whether having regard to the risk of death involved; the conduct of the defendant was so bad in all the circumstances as to amount in their judgment to a criminal act of omission. Prof. Quick discussed about many surveys conducted by the University of Bristol where it was revealed that the threat of prosecution for medical practitioners is actually pulling them back from undertaking risky operations. The lecture was followed by a discussion amongst the students and Prof. Quick.