Competence in children has a Scottish twist

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7547.975 (Published 20 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:975
  1. Mark J Sterrick, medical officer (mark@star886.fsnet.co.uk)
  1. Glencorse Barracks, Milton Bridge, Penicuik, Mid Lothian EH26 0ND

    EDITOR—The article by Wheeler on Gillick provided an interesting comparison of the Gillick and Fraser tests.1 However, the piece gives the impression that it was written to address the law as it is in the United Kingdom: “In Britain people describe the assessment of competence” (first paragraph), and “In UK law a person's 18th birthday draws the line between childhood and adulthood” …

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