24. Standard of care.

24.     Standard of care.

A medical practitioner is required to meet the standard of the ordinary skilled practitioner exercising and professing to have the special skill in question1. Thus a specialist has to exercise the skill of an ordinary competent member of his speciality2, and a practitioner of alternative medicine will be judged against the standards of similar practitioners3. An error of judgment will not amount to negligence unless it is one that would not have been made by a reasonably competent practitioner with the standard and type of skill of the defendant, acting with ordinary care4.