Midwifery discipline: Misconduct and negligence

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This chapter examines two particular ways in which midwives can be held accountable for their clinical conduct. There are, of course, several distinct kinds of accountability: any employee owes a duty of accountability to his or her employer (such as working in a safe and competent manner, having due regard to others) and an employer, in turn, owes a duty to its employees. This includes providing a safe working environment. This chapter is concerned with what might be termed legal and professional accountability. Legal accountability generally refers to the process of holding to account, which may ultimately end in a court of law, while professional accountability refers to the process of self-regulation accorded to certain occupational groups, and carried out by a legally defined regulatory body.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFailure to Progress
Subtitle of host publicationThe Contraction of the Midwifery Profession
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781315011363
ISBN (Print)9780415235570
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2013

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