COVID-19 and medical litigation – More than just the obvious is an advance copy article by Professor Anne-Maree Kelly.
The author notes that changes to the health system due to COVID-19 have been wide ranging and not limited to suspected or confirmed cases. Some treatments recognised as the standard of care have been curtailed. Patients in hospital are being cohorted based on COVID-19 risk rather than clinical needs.
She goes on to examine whether, in Australia, these changes may leave clinicians open to allegations of negligence.