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Judge tells trust it can treat minor for paracetamol overdose against her wishes

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 28 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3534
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A High Court judge has made an order in the middle of the night authorising a hospital trust to give an antidote to a paracetamol overdose to a 17 and a half year old girl who was refusing her consent.

The girl, named only as P, was admitted to hospital at 3.20 pm on 13 May but firmly resisted all treatment. She said her life was “shit” and she would not have taken the overdose if she was going to agree to take the antidote. Her mother consented to the treatment, but a psychiatrist had concluded that P had the capacity to …

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