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Doctors need not give blood transfusion to mentally ill Jehovah’s Witness, judge rules

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2950
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Doctors need not give a blood transfusion to a 23 year old Jehovah’s Witness detained under the Mental Health Act who slashed his arm with a razor blade and who keeps trying to reopen the wound, a High Court judge has ruled.

In the Court of Protection in London Mr Justice Mostyn decided that the man, a convicted sex offender named only as J, has the mental …

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