Refusing Cancer Treatment

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Learning Objectives:-
  • Core concepts (best interests, autonomy, and rights)
  • Rights and interests of children
  • Capacity of young people to consent to and refuse treatment
  • Roles of parents/guardians (childminder/teacher), healthcare professionals and the courts in decisions about the treatment of children

  Legal Aspects of the case

  Ethical Issues Raised

  In Clinical Practice

  • Wheeler, R.(2006) Gillick or Fraser? A plea for consistency over competence in children: Gillick and Fraser are not interchangeable. British Medical Journal, 332 (8 April): 807.
  • Gillick v West Norfolk & Wisbech Area Health Authority [1985] UKHL 7 (17 October 1985) from the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) website.
  • Regina v Howard (1965) Lord Parker C.J.

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Vres says...
A tricky situation, not too sure how I would handle it to be honest V
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Dom says...
I think I heard a recent case in the news of a 13 year old who refused a life savign heart transplant
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newbie replied...
does this case mean a precedent has been set for the kind of situation shown in the vid?
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ScooterMax says...
i guess this is just something that is very difficult to comprehend going through. and the only way to deal with this is to get everyone to talk everything through, so that everyone can understand eachother's views, even if they don't agree with them
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Authors: Titiksha Masand

Editors: Philip Xiu

Voice Actors: Zoe Monnier-Hovell, Victoria Turner, Philip Xiu