Re SL [2000] 3 WLR 1288 (CA)

Consent – incapacity – best interests – treatment – sterilisation

A patient, who was incapable of consenting to treatment, had a right not to have drastic surgery imposed upon her unless or until it had been demonstrated that it was in her best interests. The starting point of any medical decision was the principles set out in the Bolam test, and the judicial decision would incorporate broader ethical, social, moral and welfare considerations.

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