27. Liability of NHS hospital authorities.

A hospital authority1 must use reasonable skill and care in carrying on the hospital2 and is liable for the acts or omissions of its permanent staff, whether they are surgeons, physicians or nurses or fall into any other category, in the course of their employment3. A hospital authority is in principle liable for its failure to provide sufficient and properly qualified and competent medical staff for a specialist unit in a hospital4. In addition it seems that in principle a hospital authority is liable for the acts or omissions of any part-time or visiting consultants and specialists if they