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Medical treatment decisions can be uncertain, deeply personal, and controversial It is these decisions, taken in the heat of the moment, under enormous pressure and with the best of intentions, that can later face intense scrutiny at leisure.

The law should be seen as a guide to ensure appropriate and defensible decision making – a “shield” and not just a “stick” to beat clinicians with.

The Supreme Court and Court of Appeal have recently given key judgments changing the law on consent to treatment, on best interests decisions and end of life / DNAR decisions. Our knowledgeable and experienced team can guide you all aspects of consent to treatment issues.

what we do...

  • Emergency helpline providing 24 hour advice - with access to specialised lawyers able to make an out of hours application to Court for an Order authorising serious medical treatment if needed.
  • Advice on consent to treatment – as well as guidance on clinical negligence and inquests.
  • Review or drafting of policies and protocols - written in plain English.
  • Training and support - we offer a range of training opportunities, including an extensive seminar programme, live webinars, bespoke training sessions and regular legal updates, to ensure your staff are kept up-to-date with legal compliance issues and best practice.

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Ben Troke looks at covert medication, Deprivation of Liberty (DoL) in hospitals, parents' rights, DoL in the community, the new CHC framework, a brief update on the Law Commission proposals, as well as some discussion around recent headlines.

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Upcoming webinars

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Ben Troke will look at some of the most recent leading cases in relation to the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

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The Government has promised to implement, virtually in full, the Law Commission proposals for reform of the law on deprivation of liberty and the Mental Capacity Act. But when will it happen?

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The implications of the decisions in Bayley v George Elliot Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Shaw v Kovac, and the key issues for consideration in informed consent claims.

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