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Law 242 - Health Care Law I

(Half unit in 1st term)


Prof Hazel Biggs/Dr Sara Fovargue

Health Care Law has become an area of increasing importance not only to legal and health care practitioners but also to academics and the wider public. This course examines specific areas of health care law and practice. The course considers such topics as health care ethics; rights to health care; autonomy and consent; informed decision making; regulating health care professionals and medical malpractice. Within these areas medico-legal and ethical implications are explored.

This course is available to final year ELS, International and Law and Criminology students only.


Coursework 50%, Unseen Examination 50%

Background Reading

Beauchamp, T.L., Childress, J.F., Principles of Biomedical Ethics 5 th ed. (2001) OUP.

Brazier, M., Cave, E, Medicine, Patients and the Law 4th ed. (2007) Butterworths

Campbell, A., Gillett, G., Jones, G., Medical Ethics 4 th ed. (2005) OUP.

Herring, J., Medical Law and Ethics (2006) OUP.

Jackson , E., Medical Law: Text, Cases and Materials (2006) OUP.

McHale, J., Fox, M., Gunn, M., Wilkinson, S., Health Care Law: Text and Materials 2 nd ed (2006) Sweet and Maxwell.

Mason, J.K., Laurie, G.T., Mason and McCall Smith's Law and Medical Ethics 7 th ed. (2005) OUP.

Montgomery, J., Health Care Law 2 nd ed. (2002) OUP.

Morgan, D., Issues in Medical Law and Ethics (2001) Cavendish.

Pattinson, S., Medical Law and Ethics (2006) Sweet and Maxwell.

Sheldon, S., Thomson, M., Feminist Perspectives on Health Care Law (1998) Cavendish.

Stauch, M., Wheat, K., with Tingle, J., Sourcebook on Medical Law 3 rd ed. (2006) Routledge Cavendish

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