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Dearbhail McDonald: Medical negligence - a suitable case for treatment

It's high time we healed our ailing court procedures when it comes to cases involving clinical incidents, writes Dearbhail McDonald

Published 25/10/2015 | 02:30

AWARD: Lee Gibson (10) with his grandmother Stephanie, left, and mother Aileen, right, outside the High Court on Thursday
AWARD: Lee Gibson (10) with his grandmother Stephanie, left, and mother Aileen, right, outside the High Court on Thursday

It is 'Dick the Butcher' in Shakespeare's Henry VI part II who utters the immortal phrase "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers".

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The remark by Dick, the devoted follower of rebel leader Jack Cade, is widely misunderstood to be a slur on lawyers.

As it turns out, the Bard was actually complimenting them: Dick calculates that if it weren't for those pesky lawyers securing justice and upholding the rule of law, Jack Cade would be King.

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