Woman can challenge hospital over forced caesarean

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 12 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:75
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A woman who was detained in hospital against her will and forced to undergo a caesarean section was given permission last week to challenge her treatment in an important test case.

    Three judges at the Court of Appeal gave the 29 year old woman from London leave to seek a judicial review against the social worker who sectioned her for assessment under the Mental Health Act; the NHS trusts responsible for Springfield Hospital, the psychiatric hospital where she was first detained; and St George's Hospital, where …

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