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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).
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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
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Sentence was deferred for reports when McGill, of Govan, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court and admitted assault 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.
A 21-year-old man of no fixed abode was arrested and reported to the procurator fiscal for alleged breach of the peace, assault, assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.
The two men were also accused of conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by drinking alcohol in front of the Akinpelu Police Station at Oshodi, Lagos.
He has been reported to the procurator fiscal for the alleged homophobic breach of the peace.
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