HCCC v Sundarajah [2017] NSWCATOD 182

Decision date: 22 December 2017
“PROFESSIONS AND TRADES — health practitioner — whether contravention of a condition of a health practitioner’s registration amounts to professional misconduct. PROFESSIONS AND TRADES — health practitioner — whether practitioner has an impairment — whether practitioner is not competent to practise.”
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Sandra Battersby v Allan; Darrel Battersby v Allan [2017] NSWSC 1724

Decision date: 15 December 2017
“EVIDENCE – Expert evidence – Proceedings alleging negligence by a Neurosurgeon – Where plaintiff sought to rely upon the evidence of a Neurologist – Whether Neurologist had the requisite specialised knowledge based upon training study and experience to express an opinion regarding surgery – Opinion admissible.”
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Court orders Trump administration to give immigrant teens abortion access

Reuters, 19 December 2017
Author: Sarah N Lynch
“A U.S. District Court judge ruled on Monday that President Donald Trump’s administration must allow access to abortion for two pregnant teenagers who are in the country illegally, escalating a high-profile legal fight.”
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The surgeon who signed patients’ livers was silly, not criminal. The law is an ass

The Guardian, 16 December 2017
Author: Henry Marsh
“Last Wednesday Simon Bramhall, a consultant surgeon specialising in liver transplantation, pleaded guilty in Birmingham crown court to “assault by beating”. He awaits sentencing. On two occasions during liver transplantation surgery – a highly complex and difficult procedure – he had signed his initials on the surface of his patients’ organs using an argon gas coagulator.”
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In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court

NYT, 17 December 2017
Author: Jan Hoffman
“The Cherokee suit argues that the pharmacy chains Walmart, Walgreens and CVS Health, as well as the giant drug distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen, flouted federal drug-monitoring laws and allowed prescription opioids to pour into the Cherokee territory at some of the highest rates in the country. Such neglect, Mr. Hembree claims, amounts to exploitation of a people.”
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Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labeling rules

Reuters, 16 December 2017
Author: Aditya Kalra
“An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates.”
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