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Apparently It's Mad- If Not Downright Illegal- To Refuse Medical Attention. [Jan. 29th, 2017|02:51 pm]
Tony Grist
My mother-in-law had a fall and called for assistance. An ambulance arrived and the paramedics checked her over and said she needed to go into hospital. She said, " I'm 87 and quite happy to die. You can't do anything more for me than you've already done so stop messing me about." They said, " If you won't come with us we'll have to declare you temporarily insane".  She still refused to go with them so they called for back-up- including a policeman. After which she went quietly.

They did some tests at the hospital, kept her hanging around, then sent her home.

I understand the paramedics had to cover their backs but even so...
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[User Picture]From: faunhaert
2017-01-30 03:41 am (UTC)
here there is a bill of patient rights-
it includes the rights to not get medical help

maybe there it this sort of thing there
but the person you encountered might be used to bullying
their agenda- so I'd question it.

you call the cop first.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-01-30 09:34 am (UTC)
I've no idea what the situation is over here.

These kind of issues come up so rarely- and nobody- in uniform or out of it- carries around a folder telling them what their rights and responsibilities are.
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