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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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The five breaching tenets are vital for the combined arms breach.
(28) That is, a promisor who saves costs by breaching deliberately is much more likely to be required to pay the cost of correcting his breach than one who saves expenses by an accidental breach.
Of course, our breaching contractor did not share the savings.
Second, the cost-of-correction remedy can also serve to prevent breaches that the parties would not have wanted to excuse ex ante, by forcing the breaching promisor to surrender all of the expenses saved from such breaches.
Breaches that save costs by nonperformance (as in Peevyhouse and Groves) are in some sense an intermediate case, and in these cases, the expectations of the promisee should determine whether the costs saved by nonperformance should remain with the breaching promisor or be delivered to the promisee, regardless of the willfulness of the breach.
It follows that the remedy for such breaches is and should be the surrender of any gains they engender for the breaching promisor, not compensation of the promisee.
Table 2 Breaching complexity (Table 1-2 from FM 3-34.2) Actions Element Time (Minutes) Develop the situation (verify the Force in contact M to 2 boundary of the enemy obstacle system).