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Alfie Evans case: Proposed law aims to prevent conflicts between parents and doctors

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 30 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1895
Opinion: Alfie Evans and guerrilla warfare
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Doctors, lawyers, ethicists, politicians, and parents are working on proposals to improve the way disputes between parents and doctors over children’s treatment are handled, after a series of bitter court battles have shown up problems with the current system.

The move was announced the day before Alfie Evans, the severely brain damaged boy at the centre of a fight between his parents and doctors, died in the early hours of Saturday 28 April at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, four and a half days after he was removed from the ventilator that was keeping him alive. Alfie, who would have had his second birthday on 9 May, had an undiagnosed neurodegenerative condition that had almost completely destroyed his brain.

Connie Yates, the mother of Charlie Gard, who died last July after an equally high profile court fight between his parents and Great …

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