Media statement from Barts Health regarding our care of Tafida Raqeeb at The Royal London Hospital
Barts Health NHS Trust said:
“This is a very sad medical case and difficult for everyone involved. Our doctors and nurses have been caring for Tafida for many months, and their sympathies are very much with Tafida and her family.
“Our expert clinicians caring for Tafida considered, in discussion with medical experts from specialist centres in England and Italy, that further medical treatment would not improve her condition and would not be in her best interests.
“We followed the national guidance of the General Medical Council and are seeking the advice of the court to reach an independent view of Tafida’s best interests. We welcome the Judge’s guidance at this difficult time.”
Notes to Editor
Guidance from the General Medical Council states that doctors should always act in the best interests of children and young people. It acknowledges that the law relating to their treatment is complex. It is therefore recommended that doctors “should seek the advice of experienced colleagues, named or designated doctors for child protection, or professional or regulatory bodies”. Barts Health NHS Trust is seeking the decision of the High Court in relation to this case as it has not been possible to reach agreement about Tafida’s best interests with the family.
The High Court will hear the case during the week of the 9th September. This is made up of two parts: a judicial review to determine whether it is lawful for Tafida to travel to Italy to continue to receive life sustaining care, and a hearing to determine the best interests of Tafida in relation to her ongoing care.