Overruling the parents of child patients

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6928.597b (Published 26 February 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:597
  1. L Delany
  1. Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Law, Elizabeth Gaskell Campus, Manchester M13 0JA.

    EDITOR, - The trial of Dwight and Beverley Harris for the manslaughter by neglect of their 9 year old daughter, Nakhira,1 should alert medical staff to the danger of failing to overrule parental decisions and the corresponding need to be fully familiar with correct legal procedure. The failure of the hospital team that diagnosed Nakhira's diabetes to shield her from parental neglect must cause concern. The legal powers available to protect her were extensive. Perhaps the time …

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