23/10/04

Need for more trust between mothers and doctors

Two recent cases in which mothers wanted their babies resuscitated against the advice of health Trusts, highlights a crisis of confidence in medical advise. One case, which went to the Family Division of the High Court is reported to have cost £300000, money which could have been better spent on health care.

These sad cases would have been much better resolved by agreement between families and the medical and nursing teams. Is there no system for resolving these disagreements or , if necessary, transferring care between centres?

We suspect that if the approach had been to treat a baby with disabilities as any other child and if that were clear to the families, these cases may never have come to court.

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Medical Ethics Alliance