Debate over mentally ill patient's caesarean section was too emotional

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7114.1017 (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1017
  1. W O Goldthorp, Consultant obstetrician, Tameside Acute NHS Trusta,
  2. G McDade, Consultant psychiatrist, Tameside and Glossop Community and Priority Services NHS Trusta
  1. a Tameside General Hospital, Ashton under Lyne OL6 9RW

    Editor—We are the clinicians involved in the case of Tameside and Glossop Acute Unit versus CH (a patient) [1996] 1FLR 762. We wish to add light to the debate on this case published in the BMJ,1 which was not helped by the provocative title of the article or by Goldbeck-Wood's inaccurate editorial.2 It was not our “perceived ethical duty to rescue a threatened fetus”2 but our clinical responsibility to help our patient obtain the best outcome of her pregnancy: …

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