Case Law

Force-feeding, the Mental Health Act and the inherent jurisdiction: JK v A Local Health Board [2019] EWHC 67 (Fam)

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By Tim Spencer-Lane Introduction Patient autonomy is a fundamental legal principle. However, it is subject to limitations. Medical treatment can in certain circumstances be imposed without consent under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA), the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court. This often raises complex ethical and legal […]

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