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Names of doctors who advised withdrawing treatment from babies should not be disclosed, says judge

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1629 (Published 24 June 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1629
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

Two sets of parents who fought court battles to try to stop doctors withdrawing life prolonging treatment from their severely ill children have lost their bid to lift reporting restriction orders protecting the identities of the clinicians who treated them.1

The parents of Zainab Abbasi and Isaac Haastrup told the High Court that they wanted to be free to tell their stories about their children’s treatment and identify the doctors involved.

The president of the High Court’s family division, Andrew McFarlane, had to weigh up two rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights: the parents’ right to freedom of expression under article 10 against the clinicians’ right to privacy under article 8. He decided that the evidence led …

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