Can a healthcare professional face conflicting duties between a physician and a family member of an incapable patient?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Alafi v. Lindenbach, 2022 ONSC 1435 (CanLII):

The potential for a healthcare professional to face conflicting duties was also considered in Wawrzyniak v. Livingstone, 2019 ONSC 4900. Cavanagh J. considered whether a duty of care was owed by a physician to a family member of or substitute decision-maker for the physician’s incapable patient. The only plaintiff in the action was the daughter of and substitute decision-maker for the patient whom the two defendant physicians had treated.

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