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Notifying family court about the matters of threatened underage patient’s life: ethical and social context

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The rights of child are the areas of particular interest in contemporary societies. Convention on the Right of Child, that was enacted nearly thirty years ago, led to the important change in the recognition of rights and freedom of an underage. Such problems are many times directly related with the protection of young patient’s life. In such contexts, both opinions of physicians caring for a child and its parents are taken into account. A conflict arising between such parties sometimes takes place. It is most often related with alternative opinions on life and health protection requirements for a child. In the half of 2017 year, similar situations took place in Great Britain and Poland. The first case concerned withdrawal from the activities described as medical futility. Whereas, the second case concerned parents contradicting medical interventions pursued by a personnel for theirs new-born child. Such cases were extensively reported by mass media. They were motivating factors for the following key questions: Are any limits for parental authority? Can medical personnel intervene into parental authority? What does the best interest of a child mean? Can it be defined? Can it be secured with means of a judicial decision? Are there any proved methods of solving a dispute between parents of a child and hospital physicians, in which such a child is diagnosed and treated?
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  • Department of Medical Law, Medical University of Lodz, 4 Al. Kościuszki Str., 90-419 Lodz, Poland
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