Failure to treat outweigh risk of non-voluntary treatment

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7010.949 (Published 07 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:949
  1. J D Budd
  1. General practitioner East Quay Medical Centre, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 5AZ

    EDITOR,--Petra Wilson, the legal contributor to the debate on doctors' legal position in treating temporarily incompetent patients, adopts a pessimistic position concerning the legal justification for treating the two patients discussed.1 The intuition of most doctors would suggest that these incompetent patients should be spared the immediate consequences of their disastrous decisions. Fortunately, in Re F the House of Lords confirmed that it was possible for a doctor to give …

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