Legal challenge to rationing of haemophilia treatment is lost

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 08 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:695
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A High Court judge in London last week refused to give the families of four boys with haemophilia the go ahead to challenge a decision by their local health authorities to withdraw treatment with the genetically engineered blood clotting agent recombinant factor VIII.

    Duncan Ouseley, QC for the boys, aged between 5 years and 9 years, told Mr Justice Jowitt that South Lancashire, East Lancashire, and Bury and Rochdale Health Authorities had all made “flawed” decisions and failed to consider each individual case on its merits. But the judge said that …

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