Court Judgments

Bell v Tavistock

Judges overrule NHS trust in landmark consent case Children as young as 10 had been allowed to consent to experimental puberty-suppressing treatment An English NHS trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) had been prescribing puberty blockers to children as young as 10 suffering from gender dysphoria, a condition where persons experience distress because of a …

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BC AND EF [2016] – UK Family Court

Another parental dispute regarding vaccinations. Courts respect the views of parents but have to make a decision in the best interest of the child. This judgment shows that a parent does not gain anything by submitting as their witness statement an extensive report with reference and links to research papers, articles, statistics and similar, as …

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Case of Alfie Evans – UK High Court 2018

Case of Alfie Evans, the boy whose parents fought unsuccessfully to have him transferred to Italy before life support was turned off.

Re B (A child – Immunisation)

Relates to immunisation dispute between parents rather than involving a healthcare professional.

Ashya King – High Court 2014

The case of Ashya King, whose parents fled with him to Spain in an attempt to secure their preferred treatment option.

Montgomery vs Lanarkshire Healthboard

In order to obtain valid consent from a patient, a doctor needs to disclose material risk and reasonable alternatives. What’s new is that a doctor needs to decide what information the patient would find significant rather than other doctors.