Healthcare - your rights
Healthcare law is a complex area and wide ranging.
Disputes can arise in relation to many areas e.g. access to services, GP’s; rights to hospital treatment; rights to refuse treatment; consent issues; right to die; access to records; capacity issues; discrimination claims. We offer wide ranging expertise in this area and have particular expertise in dealing with disputes involving:
Refusal to provide medical treatment
Access to some forms of medical treatment may be subject to the priorities of local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) in a given area. Some treatments may not be provided. The NHS Constitution says that decisions about medical treatment (the funding of drugs and treatment) must be made rationally, following proper consideration of the evidence. Inevitably, disputes do arise.
Right to refuse treatment
Any patient has the right to refuse medical treatment and forcing an individual to have treatment is considered to be an assault. Disputes inevitably arise, particularly in relation to the treatment of children and persons under a disability where agreement cannot be reached between the doctors and family members or parents. Frequently it can be necessary to involve the Court.
Right to die
The law concerning whether a person has the right to die is unclear. You have a right to refuse or stop treatment at any time, even if this means that you may die. However, it is normally illegal for a doctor to omit or carry out treatment with the specific intention of inducing or hastening death.
Have an enquiry? Please contact Paula Barnes or phone 0808 231 6491.