[First filed: July 16, 2008 @ 07:50]
The Canberra Times is reporting on the law suit running against Dr Graeme Bates for his work delivering a baby with cerebral palsy 30 years ago:
- “Graeme Bates was working at Woden Valley Hospital in 1979 when was called on to deliver Kris Paul Grimmett, now 29.
Mr Grimmett brought an action against Dr Bates in 2000, and the matter came before Justice Terry Connolly last year.
Mr Grimmett’s lawyers had just closed their case when Justice Connolly died suddenly, and the case was postponed.”
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I don’t doubt that Kris Paul Grimmett’s walked a hard road, but dragging long retired doctors into court (now having to represent himself) to try and explain why they did what they did so long ago doesn’t strike me as a great outcome.
UPDATED: Reports coming through that Dr Bates has won with the Government agreeing to pick up the plaintiff’s costs in exchange for calling off the whole sorry matter.