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Mother fails to win right to control treatment for son

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 31 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:278
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    If parents and doctors are in “grave” conflict over a child's treatment, the court must be asked to decide, England's most senior civil judge said last week.

    Lord Woolf, master of the rolls, and two other appeal court judges were refusing a request by the mother of a severely handicapped boy for a declaration that doctors could not treat her son or withhold treatment from him against her will.

    The judges refused Carol Glass the declaration …

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