Child B is revealedBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7014.1235 (Published 04 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1235
- Neville W Goodman, senior lecturer in anaesthesia
- University of Bristol
Evidence is the most rational basis for all arguments but, as David Seedhouse wrote so succinctly in a recent paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics, “The context in which health services rationing takes place is either non-rational or irrational.”
Enter Child B, now identified as pugnacious, feisty Jaymee Bowen. She had relapsed twice with leukaemia some years after an initial diagnosis of lymphoma but was identified only cryptically during her father's legal battle for NHS treatment with Cambridge and Huntingdon Health Authority in March. The story resurfaced on 25 October when her father applied to the courts that her name be released to the media to fund further treatment.
Over the next two days most newspapers served up a mixture of news, comment, and editorial. Would the newspapers deal with …