Govenment approves cancelling consent of both parents for child medical treatment

26-06-2012

The government has approved a proposal to cancel mandatory consent of both parents for the medical treatment of children. The Senate sent the proposal to the lower house last Friday with a request that it be fast-tracked. Consent from both parents was introduced in the health services reform package and has come under criticism for causing problems both in families and in health care facilities, with many saying the practice is impossible to carry out in many cases and only leads to signatures being forged. The new legislation would allow the child’s own consent to suffice. If a doctor deems that the child is not mature enough to make the decision, the consent of one parent plus a grandparent or nanny will suffice.