Withholding Consent to Lifesaving Treatment: Three Cases
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1995 Feb 11; 310(6976): 373-376.
The refusal of children or their parents to consent to treatment that professionals regard as essential always results in a dilemma. Responding to such refusals demands careful and sensitive clinical and ethicolegal intervention and close cooperation among professionals, in particular doctors and social workers. Since the introduction of the Children Act 1989 the number of cases in which children have withheld consent to lifesaving treatment has risen, and it is now increasingly recognised that children have a right to have their views legally represented if a local authority or health authority seeks a court's leave to carry out treatment. Professionals have to consider which legal route, under either the Children Act or the Mental Health Act, is likely to be best for the individual child.
Adolescents; Behavior Disorders; Blood; Blood Transfusions; Children; Coercion; Competence; Critically Ill; Consent; Depressive Disorder; Diagnosis; Doctors; Health; Infants; Jehovah's Witnesses; Judicial Action; Legal Aspects; Legislation; Leukemia; Mental Health; Minors; Parental Consent; Parents; Patient Compliance; Social Workers; Treatment Refusal;
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