Samanta & Samanta: Medical Law Concentrate 2e
Chapter 3: Key facts checklists
- Consent is a necessary precondition for treatment of competent adults.
- Adults with capacity can refuse even life-saving medical treatment.
- Adults with capacity may make advance decisions to refuse treatment at a future time when they lack capacity.
- Adults who lack capacity are given treatment in their best interests.
- Children over the age of 16 are rebuttably presumed to be competent to decide.
- A Gillick competent child may give consent.
- Refusal of treatment by a Gillick competent child may be overridden.