Children’s medical treatment decision-making: reform or review?

Bridgeman, Jo (2021) Children’s medical treatment decision-making: reform or review? Clinical Ethics. pp. 1-6. ISSN 1477-7509

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Abstract

This article considers proposals to reform the law in response to recent high profile cases concerning the medical treatment of children, currently before Parliament in the Access to Palliative Care and Treatment of Children Bill 2019–21. It considers the proposed procedural change, to introduce a requirement for mediation before court proceedings, and argues that dispute resolution processes should be a matter of good practice rather than enshrined in law. It argues that the proposed substantive change to determination of best interests would not result in different outcomes because the best interests analysis co-exist with the legal and professional duties of doctors to children in their care. It argues that if there is to be reform of the law it needs to follow from a comprehensive review of all the issues in which the minimum standards imposed by law fit together with good practice standards and not in response to individual cases.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 08:33
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2021 14:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/94959

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