Cases where an application must be made to the Court of Protection
- Withholding or withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration (ANH) from patients in a permanent vegetative state (PVS)
- Cases involving organ and bone marrow donation by a person lacking capacity to consent
- Cases involving the proposed non-therapeutic sterilisation of a person who lacks capacity (e.g. for contraceptive purposes)
Disputes in relation to medical treatment are very important decisions, as these decisions can have huge health consequences. Disputes can range from medical treatment challenges, to end of life decisions and decisions to withdraw life sustaining treatment.
For example, you may feel that treatment is being given to you against your wishes or there may be a dispute in relation to whether medical treatment should be given to a family member.
Our specialist team are able to offer advice, guidance and representation through the process, ensuring that any action taken is lawful. We offer services across the UK. For advice call us on 0175 321 5096 or complete our online enquiry form.
Medical treatment disputes and withdrawal of life sustaining treatment
Where an individual is assessed to lack mental capacity to consent to medical treatment, disputes may arise between medical professionals and family members and friends as to whether a certain treatment or course of action is in the individual’s best interests.
In the circumstances of a dispute or disagreement in relation to the provision of, continuation of or withdrawal of medical treatment, an application must be made to the Court of Protection to decide which course of action is in the individual’s best interests, before any action is taken.
It is extremely important that the correct processes and procedures are followed in these types of cases, as the decisions can have significant consequences. Decisions range from challenges to proposed medical treatment, to end of life decisions and decisions to withdraw life sustaining treatment. The court can also hear urgent cases where a decision is required in an emergency/urgent situation.
We have extensive knowledge and offer specialist legal services in this area, with our expert solicitors providing advice, guidance and representation through the process. For more information, call us on 0175 321 5096 or complete our online enquiry form.