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I read this story today about a patient who has schizophrenia and denies she has cancer of the uterus. However, a judge at the Court of Protection has now ruled that she can be forced to have life-saving surgery, saying "She herself lacks the capacity to make an informed decision. She denies that she has cancer at all and opposes, and is resistant to, the operation."
Quote from the news piece:
The judge granted declarations to the trust, which also cannot be named, that the proposed surgery under general anaesthetic would be lawful "notwithstanding K's refusal to consent to such treatment".
It would also be lawful for sedation to be "administered by, and thereafter continuously monitored by, a qualified anaesthetist" before K is informed that it was proposed to carry out the surgery.
Has anyone come across this type of case before where the patient denies they need treatment? Would you feel comfortable being part of the team treating her?