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Miss B judgement threatens doctor patient relationship

22 March 2002

Miss B judgement threatens doctor-patient relationship London, 22 March 2002--Today's decision in the Miss B case places the doctor-patient relationship under threat, according to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC). Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, said: "We are profoundly concerned because the legal issues raised by this case weren't properly aired in the legal hearings. "This case is different in very significant ways from previous cases in which Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has ruled that vital care can be withdrawn. On the face of it, the decision could radically change the doctor-patient relationship. "Public policy mustn't be formed on the basis of individual cases of this kind where medical evidence is not properly examined or challenged."

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