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Doctors 'fear criminal charges'

PUBLISHED July 4, 2005

Doctors are increasingly fearful of facing criminal charges when patients die, medical experts say.

Medics can be charged with involuntary manslaughter if they make a mistake because of reckless behaviour.
Doctors argue the law is too open to interpretation and needs reforming. Prosecutions used to be rare, but have risen sharply since 1990.