(redirected from stepped into the breach)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Idioms, Encyclopedia.


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

See security breach

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).
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


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.
References in periodicals archive ?
So far, only Huntingdon, which stages an extra fixture on Thursday, has stepped into the breach, though BHB efforts are continuing.
Teenager Long has stepped into the breach in Reading's front-line following an injury to former Cork City team-mate Kevin Doyle and is making an impact.
Last year a team led by former Westlife star Bryan McFadden won the event after he stepped into the breach at the 11th hour after Rod Stewart was forced to pulled out with a throat infection.
Current coach Festus Onigbinde stepped into the breach after Shaibu Amodu was sacked following a disappointing African Nations Cup campaign.
Despite injury, Lamont stepped into the breach with reserve Paul Prentice suspended and Brian Hutchinson unavailable.
When Letizi lost his place once again through injury, McGregor stepped into the breach and this time Le Guen installed him as his No.1.
ORGANISERS of the Queen Mother's 100th birthday pageant were celebrating today after ITV stepped into the breach and offered to broadcast the event live.
Paudge Butler stepped into the breach for the remainder of the Erin's Own (Castlecomer) v Mullinavat clash.
But Foleshill team-mate Vik, who was runner-up to Mark in the individual final, stepped into the breach.
This is the worst thing you could have done to him." Soon after, committed Christian Glenn Hoddle bravely stepped into the breach.
At the time, Anthony Kirwan was club captain and Brian Greene vice-captain but as neither of these two players made the county team, McGrath stepped into the breach.
Lambie, though, had stepped into the breach for Thistle's last three games in a bid to try and turn the club's fortunes around.