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Trust’s refusal to allow girl on life support to go to Italy for treatment breaches EU law, court hears

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 09 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5494
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A London hospital’s refusal to allow a seriously ill 5 year old girl to travel to Italy for treatment is a breach of her right to free movement under European Union law and to religious freedom under the European Convention on Human Rights, the High Court has been told.

Tafida Raqeeb has serious and irreversible brain damage and is on life support at the Royal London Hospital after an arteriovenous malformation rupture in February. Barts Health NHS trust, which runs the Royal London, argues that treatment is futile and that it would be in her best …

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