Misunderstanding, threats, and fear, of the law in conflicts over children’s healthcare: in the matter of Ashya King [2014] EWHC 2964

Bridgeman, Jo (2015) Misunderstanding, threats, and fear, of the law in conflicts over children’s healthcare: in the matter of Ashya King [2014] EWHC 2964. Medical Law Review, 23 (3). pp. 477-489. ISSN 0967-0742

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Abstract

This commentary critically examines the role of the law in the conflict over the post-operative care of five year old Ashya King. It argues that misunderstanding, threats, and fear, of the law contributed to the deteriorating relationship between his parents and the professionals caring for him. The commentary analyses the judgment, in wardship proceedings, of Baker J arguing that too much weight was placed upon the responsibilities of Ashya’s parents and an insufficient account provided of his best interests or of the principled basis for preferring innovative, and as yet, unproven therapy only available, privately funded, abroad to conventional treatment for a child with a life-threatening condition.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law > KD Law of the United Kingdom and Ireland > KD0051 England and Wales
Depositing User: Jo Bridgeman
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2015 10:18
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015 12:37
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53575
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