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Duties of care: Psychiatric illness caused by stress at work was not reasonably foreseeable

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Nothing that an employer's management did was, or ought to have been, perceived by them as a potential cause of the depressive disorder that an employee developed, which had been caused by stress at work over a period of time, holds the Outer House, Court of Session in Fraser v State Hospitals Board for Scotland 11.7.00 Outer House, Court of Session. Nor did management anticipate that an effect of disciplinary measures to which the employee was subjected could be to cause psychiatric illness. Although the employee was known to have been upset by management's actions, at no time prior to his stopping work did he show any signs of being likely to suffer any psychiatric harm.