Court rules that doctors do not have to tell parents the truthBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7100.75i (Published 12 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:75
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Doctors have no duty to tell parents the truth about the death of their child, the Court of Appeal ruled last week. The court unanimously struck out a claim by the parents of a boy who died of Addison's disease for damages for psychological trauma caused by the discovery of an alleged cover up by doctors after the death.
Robert Powell, who died aged 10 in 1990, had been treated at Morriston Hospital in Swansea four months before his death. The consultant paediatrician treating him considered the possibility of adrenal insufficiency but did not carry out a test to …