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London hospital to face High Court for allegedly refusing to resuscitate disabled girl

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 15 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:125
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A hospital's alleged “unlawful refusal” to resuscitate a disabled 10 year old girl with severe breathing difficulties is to be challenged in the High Court in London. The case, which has far reaching implications for the NHS, could become a test case for the rights of disabled people to have the same life preserving treatment as those who are able bodied.

    Mr Justice Newman gave the girl's mother permission to seek a judicial review last June, saying that the case raised fundamental questions of human rights.

    The health secretary, John Reid, and …

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