Dilemmas in the medical treatment of patients facing inevitable death

Powell, Robin
September 2007
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Sep2007, Vol. 92 Issue 9, p746
Academic Journal
The article presents a case depicting the refusal of granting a declaration that medical staffs in Great Britain could withdraw all forms of ventilation and provide palliative care to a child with severe form of spinal muscular atrophy. It is stated that a National Health Service (NHS) trust in the region has sought a declaration that the child lacked the capacity to make decisions regarding his future treatment and that it shall be lawful, despite the parents' refusal to consent, for medical staff to withdraw the child's treatment. However, the judge on the case has refused the request and stresses that the widest sense in the case concerns the Children Act 1989 stated that the child's welfare shall be the court's paramount consideration.


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