Quote Dave Gate:
or even give first aid to the loser despite having the relevant training.
Things have just got steadily worse since then.
The Mrs has a cousin who's a doctor and her hubby's a doctor too. Remember "Let me through - I'm a doctor!" at the scene of an accident and said doctor would open his Gladstone and get stuck in? Not any more. They try not to get involved if there's a situation where first aid might be required (especially if it's a child) because the possibility of a law suit is ever present.
After our daughter was born, the obstetrician poked his head round the door to see how things were, explaining he couldn't stay long as he was required in court.
"As a medical witness?" I enquired.
"No - someone's suing me for saving their baby's life!" he said with a resigned chuckle.
Transpires there were complications and he had to use forceps in an emergency to get the bugger out and that left a small mark on the back of the child's skull (which would be covered when its hair grew). The family were suing him (they didn't stand a chance of success, obviously). He had about 10 incidents of crap like this a year!
What seems to be needed is not more stuff that rolls over and panders to this risk averse, litigation avoiding, sue/blame culture bollocks but judges looking at these specious cases and just telling the complainant to [ ****** ] off and stop wasting the court's time and tax payers' money. In fact, maybe go a step further and bang the chancers up for a week or two.
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