What is a doctor's duty to conduct his practice in accordance with the conduct of a prudent and diligent doctor in the same circumstances?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Benard v. Mundle, 2011 ONSC 5162 (CanLII):

A doctor has a duty to conduct his practise in accordance with the conduct of a prudent and diligent doctor in the same circumstances. And in the case of a specialist such as a gynaecologist and obstetrician, the doctor’s conduct must be assessed in light of that of other ordinary specialists, who possess a reasonable level of knowledge, competence and skill: see Wilson v. Swanson, 1956 CanLII 1 (SCC), [1956] S.C.R. 804, at p. 817.

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