Doctors can force woman to have lifesaving treatment

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 21 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5951
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A high court judge in England has ordered that doctors can force a woman without the capacity to decide for herself to have lifesaving treatment for aplastic anaemia.

Mrs Justice Hogg made the ruling in the Court of Protection after an unnamed NHS trust applied to the court with the backing of the Official Solicitor, who looks after the interests of those lacking capacity.

The judge said the 30 year old woman, named only as SB, who is detained under the Mental Health Act, has a serious psychiatric disorder and lacks the capacity to decide for …

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