230. Liability to pay charges.

230.     Liability to pay charges.

Where a registered medical practitioner1 renders services to a patient, other than services under the national health service legislation2 there is a presumption that it is for reward3. The onus is therefore upon the patient to show that in fact it was agreed that services in a particular case should be gratuitous4.

In the absence of a contract to pay a specified sum, a medical practitioner can recover a reasonable sum5. A medical practitioner cannot, however, recover charges for work which is substantially useless owing to