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An infraction or violation of the law, which is either intentional (an act of commission) or unintentional (an omission).

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noun A term used in the context of time-dependent health care targets in the UK, in which a particular type of patient interaction with NHS health providers did not occur in the desired time frame. In A&E (casualty), patients must be seen within 4 hours, regardless of their level of acuity; any longer than 4 hours is regarded as a breach. For cancer targets, a patient is said to have breached when he/she has not been seen by an oncologist within 31 days of an urgent GP referral, or if definitive cancer therapy has not begun or at least been offered to the patient within 62 days of an urgent GP referral.

verb To have not begun definitive therapy for cancer within 62 days (as required by government cancer targets).


Medical malpractice The failure or alleged failure on the part of a physician or other health care provider to exercise ordinary, reasonable, usual, or expected care, prudence, or skill–that would usually and customarily be exercised by other reputable physicians treating similar Pts–in performing a legally recognized duty, resulting in forseeable harm, injury or loss to another; negligence may be an act of omission–ie, unintentional, or commission–ie, intentional, characterized by inattention, recklessness, inadvertence, thoughtlessness, or wantonness. See Adverse event, Comparative negligence, Contributory negligence, Gross negligence, Malpractice, Wanton negligence, Willful negligence. Cf Recklessness.
Negligence, required elements  
Duty A recognized relationship between Pt and physician
Breach Failure of a medical practitioner to practice in accordance with standard of care
Proximate cause The plaintiff must show that injury is reasonably connected to physician's action
Damages Plaintiff must show that alleged loss or damage has a quantifiable value such that a monetary payment can be made APLM 1997; 121:252


n action taken by one party in an agreement that serves to convince the other party that the terms of the contract will not be fulfilled. The faithful party may consider the contract canceled at that point.
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This proposal unambiguously links the issue of law-enforcement involvement to the state-action inquiry and makes clear that the question is generally not one of breach of the peace.
Fellow soldiers Damien Heywood, 27, Andy Evans, 21, and Dean Rushton, 21, all from Manchester, Gary Farrell, 23, from Newcastle upon Tyne, and Christopher Wenham, 19, from London, were all acquitted of malicious damage and breach of the peace.
A few months later he got caught up in a fight involving his friend and a gang of youths and got a second breach of the peace charge.
The 46-year-old former Marine, and his girlfriend, Melanie Roberts, 34, both from Bournemouth, were arrested on Thursday as they approached Edinburgh Roberts, who appeared separately wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of breach of the peace and will be sentenced in six months.
Roberts, who appeared separately wearing a white Tshirt and jeans, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of breach of the peace and will be sentenced in six months.
Three appeal judges heard Maguire had convictions including one for religious aggravated breach of the peace at an Orange march.
The officers from Little Park Street police station were responding to reports of a man causing a breach of the peace at a flat in the street.
Lance Corporal William Sewell, 21, from Manchester is charged with grievous bodily harm, malicious damage and breach of the peace.
Harrison, 30, whose uncle Jack McGill was found dead in woodland at the weekend, pleaded not guilty to five charges including three alleged assaults and an alleged breach of the peace at his Cambuslang home.
A SAUCY student has been charged with breach of the peace for lap dancing in a thong in her home.
Gough, 46, from Bournemouth, stood naked in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where he denied the charge and claimed walking naked did not constitute a breach of the peace.
Miss Plaice alleges regulations were breached when she was arrested, allegedly to prevent a breach of the peace, as officers sought to enter the farm and examine sheep.