The “socialite” who rejected life saving treatment – UK Human Rights blog

Posted December 4th, 2015 in consent, Court of Protection, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v C and another [2015] EWCOP 80. A woman who suffered kidney failure as a result of a suicide attempt has been allowed to refuse continuing dialysis. The Court of Protection rejected the hospital’s argument that such refusal disclosed a state of mind that rendered her incapable under the Mental Capacity Act. An adult patient who suffers from no mental incapacity has an absolute right to choose whether to consent to medical treatment. Continuation of such treatment is unlawful, even if the refusal seems irrational to others.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 3rd December 2015