- The legal duties of a doctor attending a “difficult” patient with a serious condition do not end at the last consultation, especially in a small rural community.
- Doctors have a continuing obligation to ensure that the patient's health is not impaired because the clinical relationship has ended.
- This article suggests some steps that a doctor could take to fulfil the legal obligation in such a case.
- 1. Medical Board of Australia. Good medical practice: a code of conduct for doctors in Australia. http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Code-of-conduct.aspx (accessed Aug 2014).
- 2. Rogers v Whitaker (1992) 175 CLR 479.
- 3. Tai v Hatzistavrou  NSWCA 306.
- 4. Kite v Malycha (1998) 71 SASR 321.
- 5. Grinham v Tabro Meats Pty Ltd & Anor; Victorian WorkCover Authority v Murray  VSC 491.
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