“A mother who ran away with her seven-year-old son has been told he could die if he does not receive cancer treatment for his brain tumour.”
BBC News, 7th December 2012
This is a very sad case & seems to have resulted from an appalling piece of miscommunication from a medical professional. Ms Roberts was naturally in a highly distressed state about her son’s illness and to be told that the treatment would, “fry his brains” was dreadful. Unfortunately the damage is done and I doubt that Ms Roberts will be able to fully trust medical professionals again. Whatever the outcome of the Court’s deliberations I think that there is an important lesson here. Medical professionals need to be specifically taught patient sensitivity and good listening & communication skills. Possibly the best professional group to give this training are Counselling Psychologists as such skills are their daily bread. plus they all have a background in scientific psychology.
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