The child and medical treatment: the chance to live, or to die with dignity?

2nd September 2019

Barrister

Jo Delahunty QC

Examines how the courts have applied the best interests test and the children’s welfare principle in cases where doctors and parents disagree about the provision of experimental medical treatment to a seriously ill child. Assesses the argument that the parents should be the final arbiter of their child’s care. Discusses the proposal to introduce a harm threshold below which the courts will not overturn the parents’ wishes.

Author

Jo Delahunty QC

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