Journal Article
Commentary

Drs Bramhall and Bawa-Garba and the rightful domain of the criminal law.

Ost S. Journal of medical ethics. 2019;45:151-155.

Labeling medical negligence as a criminal act can affect transparency and disclosure behaviors across professional health care communities. This commentary discusses two high-profile cases from the United Kingdom to explore the appropriateness of assigning criminality in either instance—one centered on human error that contributed to the death of a child and the other involved negligent actions but resulted in no permanent patient harm.