The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has announced a new project on
disagreements in the care of critically ill children.
There have been several high-profile cases that have been resolved in UK Courts recently of healthcare teams and parents fundamentally disagreeing about the care of critically ill children. Disagreements of this kind have happened before, but these cases have attracted an unprecedented level of attention from professionals, policy makers, families and wider communities, and the media, both in the UK and internationally.
This project will explore the wider social and medical factors that might be contributing to how such disagreements about the care of critically ill children develop. Focusing mainly on the UK, Nuffield will also explore how disagreements are currently being resolved. They are particularly interested in how parents and families are able to voice their views.