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Even when under supervision, junior doctors are responsible for
treatment they provide and must provide care of an appropriate
standard and discharge their duties under Right 4 of the Code. So too
the supervising doctor. Where either fail to provide treatment of an
appropriate standard, they run the risk of being held to have breached
Although junior doctors are to a large degree protected from
responsibility by calling for help, doing so does not provide them with
an immunity. They must speak up when something seems wrong.
Likewise, supervising doctors must provide adequate supervision, and
should only delegate tasks they have good reason to believe a junior
doctor is competent to perform. The standard to be applied in judging
the adequacy of supervision is objective: the level of expertise and
experience of the senior doctor in supervising doctors is not relevant,
but the level of expertise and experience of the junior doctor is relevant.
1. Craig T Hore, William Lancashire and Robert G Fassett “Clinical supervision by
consultants in teaching hospitals” Med J Aust 2009; 191 (4):220-222 .
2. Rudland et al “Special series: Maximising learning through effective
supervision” NZMJ 123 (1309), 19 February 2010.
3. Joanna Manning “The required standard of care for treatment” in Skegg and
Paterson (eds) Health Law in New Zealand (Thomson Reuters, Wellington,
2015) at 114-115.
4. Manning, at 115.
5. Manning, at 116.
6. Manning, at 116-117.
7. Manning, at 117.
8. Ron Paterson “Supervisory responsibilities of specialists” 16 February 2001
(available online at: www.hdc.org.nz/education/presentations/supervisory-
9. See generally, Medical Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, decision
177/01/77D (2001); HDC opinions 98HDC15093 (1999), 98HDC15902 (2000),
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