Seriously sick child and distraught parents – where to draw the line – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 27th, 2018 in children, human rights, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust v Evans, James and Alfie Evans (a child by his guardian Cafcass Legal) [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam). This was an application by the hospital for a declaration to allow their doctors to withdraw life support from a 19 month old child, Alfie. He suffers from a progressive, ultimately fatal neurodegenerative condition, probably a mitochondrial disorder. His epileptic seizures have not been brought under control by anti-convulsant treatment. The evidence before the court was that even if these seizures were to end, his brain is “entirely beyond recovery”. However caused, his neural degeneration is both “catastrophic and untreatable”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th February 2018

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Inmates receive payouts of £2m for poor healthcare amid ‘unprecedented pressures’ in prisons – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2018 in compensation, medical treatment, negligence, news, prisons by tracey

‘Inmates have been paid close to £2m in compensation for poor healthcare behind bars since 2010 amid mounting concern over the scale of the crisis gripping Britain’s prisons.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2018

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Court to hear case of banker kept alive against family’s wishes – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2018 in consent, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The case of an investment banker who suffered severe brain damage following a heart attack will be heard by the supreme court on Monday in a test of whether judges need to authorise the withdrawal of life support treatment.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2018

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Alfie Evans: Appeal against ending life support – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2018 in appeals, children, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The family of a seriously ill boy is to appeal against a High Court ruling allowing doctors to switch off his life-support.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2018

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Parents lose legal fight to keep Liverpool toddler on life support – The Guardian

Posted February 21st, 2018 in children, consent, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The parents of a seriously ill 20-month-old boy have lost a legal fight to keep their son alive after a judge ruled that further treatment would harm his “future dignity”.’

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The Guardian, 20th February 2018

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Isaiah Haastrup father to appeal over decision to end life support – The Guardian

Posted February 7th, 2018 in appeals, birth, children, consent, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘The father of a boy with brain damage is preparing an appeal against a high court ruling allowing doctors to stop providing life support for his 11-month-old son.’

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The Guardian, 6th February 2018

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Life sustaining treatment – whose decision? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 1st, 2018 in children, doctors, human rights, medical treatment, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust v Thomas and others [2018] EWHC 127 (Fam). Parental love is to be cherished by society, particularly when a child is sick. But the “flattering voice of hope” is not always in best interests of the object of that love. So concluded MacDonald J in a recent ruling which has attracted considerable media attention.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 31st January 2018

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Doctors Can Stop Baby’s Life Support Against Parent’s Wishes – Rights Info

Posted January 30th, 2018 in children, doctors, human rights, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘A High Court judge has ruled that the life support of 11-month-old Isaiah Haastrup can be withdrawn by doctors, after being told further treatment would be “futile, burdensome and not in his best interests”.’

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Rights Info, 29th January 2018

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‘All is not well with child protection in North Wales’ – Transparency Project

Posted January 30th, 2018 in children, medical treatment, news, social services, Wales by sally

‘This observation was made by HHJ Gareth Jones in Wrexham Family Court in March 2017, in a judgment Re E [2017] EWFC 101 published in January 2018.’

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Transparency Project, 28th January 2018

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Law Society urges end to enforced medical treatment of vulnerable people – The Guardian

‘Vulnerable people sectioned under the Mental Health Act are being subjected to medical treatment without consent and are not protected by effective legal safeguards, the Law Society has warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Establishing a breach of Article 3 in medical cases: The ‘applicability’ of Strasbourg jurisprudence – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted January 17th, 2018 in deportation, human rights, medical treatment, news by sally

‘In EA & Ors (Article 3 medical cases – Paposhvili not applicable) [2017] UKUT 00445, the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) refused to follow the most recent Strasbourg caselaw regarding the test for a breach of Article 3 ECHR in medical removal cases, finding that it was inconsistent with domestic precedent.’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 15th January 2018

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Surgeon sentenced for burning initials on patients’ livers – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A surgeon has pleaded guilty to assault by beating after burning his initials into the livers of two patients undergoing transplants.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 12th January 2018

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Six patients die amid 400 errors as NHS staff accidentally switch off oxygen supply – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 11th, 2018 in health, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘An NHS investigation has been launched following the deaths of six patients when hospital staff accidentally switched off their oxygen cylinders. A safety alert has been issued after watchdogs uncovered more than 400 incidents in which cylinder controls were wrongly operated – including 24 cases where patients came to “moderate or severe harm”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th January 2018

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Alfie Evans: Parents in legal fight to take brain damaged son to Vatican doctors – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 20th, 2017 in children, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A hospital has prevented parents from sending their brain damaged toddler to the same Vatican doctors who offered to help Charlie Gard, a court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th December 2017

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Lesbian couple win legal battle after being denied IVF treatment that would have been given to same-sex parents – Daily Telegraph

‘A lesbian couple who wanted a baby were discriminated against over their sexuality after being denied access to funded IVF treatment which would have been given to same-sex partners.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th December 2017

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Law of Medicine and the Individual: current issues – Lecture by Lady Justice Arden

Law of Medicine and the Individual: current issues (PDF)

Lecture by Lady Justice Arden

Justice KT Desai Memorial Lecture, October 2017

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Megan Bannister: Friend calls for ‘duty to help’ law – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2017 in drug abuse, duty of care, homicide, legislation, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The best friend of a teenager who died after taking drugs has called for a law to oblige people to seek help for someone they know is dangerously ill.’

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BBC News, 11th December 2017

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Payout after woman was kept alive against her will – BBC News

Posted December 6th, 2017 in documents, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The family of an 81-year-old woman has received a £45,000 payout after she was kept alive against her will.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2017

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Continuation of Life-Sustaining Treatment not in Mrs P’s Best Interests – ASCERTAINING WHAT THE PATIENT WOULD HAVE WANTED – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in elderly, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘The Trust applied for a declaration that it was in Mrs P’s best interests to receive clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) by way of a gastric feeding tube. Following a fall, Mrs P, aged 72 years, went to hospital without telling her family. Her condition deteriorated and she fell into a minimally conscious state. A dispute arose as to whether CANH should be continued between her sisters who wanted treatment to be maintained and her partner and daughters who did not.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 10th November 2017

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The court’s role in sanctioning medical treatment and the withdrawal of medical treatment of children: “Parental autonomy and a child’s best interests: Should the courts have the final say?” – Transparency Project

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in children, family courts, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘This was the vexed question posed at the 11th Family Justice Council Annual Debate last night. (The discussion was chaired by the Right Honourable Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court and Chairman of the Family Justice Council).’

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Transparency Project, 22nd November 2017

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