COVID-19 doctors should get heat of the battle style “Combat Immunity” says lawyer

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is calling for “combat immunity” to be extended to doctors and nurses – giving them greater legal protection in the fight against COVID-19.

Widely known for its work on behalf of armed forces service personnel, veterans and their families, Hilary Meredith Solicitors says battlefield legal principles should apply to medics in their fight against the pandemic.

“In certain combat situations, in the heat of battle, our armed forces are afforded greater legal protection. This defence is called Combat Immunity,” explained founder and CEO Hilary Meredith.

“While it is not a blanket defence, Combat Immunity is there to protect military operations when thinking is impaired in the heat of battle. It does not, for example, apply to procurement decisions made back at Whitehall when equipment that is procured for our troops turns out to be faulty or unsuitable.

“I believe this principle should be extended to cover doctors, nurses and the NHS.”

Added Hilary:

“Our doctors and nurses are fighting a war against COVID-19.

“In the heat of battle, they are our soldiers. As a firm, we would not take on a legal case against a medical professional who has acted in good faith treating Covid-19 patients.”