You are cordially invited to our upcoming webinar of “Gross Negligence Manslaughter: Should it apply to healthcare practitioners?”.
Gross Negligence Manslaughter:
Should it apply to healthcare practitioners?
Date: 9 April 2021 (Friday)
Time: 4 pm – 6 pm
Objective, Coverage and Learning Outcomes:
Gross negligence manslaughter (GNM) is a common law offence, and may be committed by a healthcare professional if death occurs as a result of grossly negligent medical treatment or care. On 1st December 2020, a medical practitioner in Hong Kong was found guilty of causing the death of a patient through the administration of an experimental and contaminated immunity boosting therapy, as well as having failed to obtain proper consent from the patient. In this seminar, our panel of experts will discuss the ethical and legal implications of this conviction, as well as the following issues: (1) Merits of the argument raised by the defence for a subjective test of grossness to be included; (2) Application of the ‘de minimis’ rule in establishing causation; (3) Social value of the offence, particularly in maintaining professional standards; and (4) Challenges in the determination of “grossness”.
This webinar is intended to enhance participants’ understanding of the law of GNM.
Programme, Abstracts & Biographies: click here
Dr Calvin Ho
Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, The University of Hong Kong
Dr Philip Beh
Principal Clinical Practitioner, Department of Pathology & Co-Director, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, The University of Hong Kong
Presentations & Speakers
Ms Tracy Cheung
Healthcare & Medico-legal Advisor, Accredited Mediator & ODR Consultant
Title: Gross Negligence Manslaughter (GNM): Practical Considerations from a Healthcare Defence Lawyer
Professor Gilberto KK Leung
Tsang Wing-Hing Professor in Clinical Neuroscience, and Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning), Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong
Title: Medical manslaughter in Hong Kong – how, why and why not?
Professor Michael Hor
Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
Title: Gross Negligence Manslaughter and the Medical Professions – Exception or Exceptionalism?
Professor James Badenoch QC
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
Title: Gross Negligence Manslaughter: the UK experience
Prior registration is required.
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This event is free of charge.
All are welcome!