HC Deb 06 June 1989 vol 154 c93W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment if he will list in theOfficial Report the occasions on which a parent or guardian of a minor does not need to sign the consent form for general anaesthetic; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Freeman

I have been asked to reply.

Parental consent to examination or treatment of a minor is not required in the following circumstances:

  1. 1. Where the child has reached age 16;
  2. 2. Where there is a medical emergency and parental consent is not obtainable;
  3. 3. Where a child has sufficient understanding of the treatment proposed to give consent on his or her own behalf. (It will be a matter of medical judgment as to whether any particular child has sufficient understanding).

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