Re K (cancer) [2013] MHLO 83 (COP)

The press has reported this case as follows: (1) It was suspected that K had cancer of the womb, but she was took frightened to undergo an diagnostic examination. (2) Moylan J decided that (a) K lacked capacity to take decisions about medical treatment; (b) it was in her best interests to undergo a hysteroscopy, which is more detailed and invasive than the normal ultrasound, on the basis that her fear meant she would be under general anaesthetic anyway.

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Emily Dugan, 'Woman with learning difficulties will be forcibly checked for possible cancer, judge rules' (Independent, 6/8/13)