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11 February:7.00 pm
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With the exception of the Annual Dinner, all meetings will take place at 7 p.m. at the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9EB, followed by a drinks reception.

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Dr Michael J Powers QC
This article is taken from the Medico-Legal Journal, which provides readers with considered and stimulating articles on all aspects of medico-legal theory and practice.
The speaker discusses the history of manslaughter cases brought against doctors, covering in particular the cases involving Percy Bateman, Sullman and Prentice, and Adomako. He considers the factors that must be present to prove manslaughter: (i) the existence of a duty; (ii) a breach of that duty causing death; and (iii) gross negligence which the jury considers justifies a conviction. His conclusion is that doctors must accept that society has the right to control bad professional care, especially if they wish to see their professionalism properly respected. Questions are put to him from the audience regarding, among other things, how corporate manslaughter laws, if implemented, might apply to hospitals.
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