Views of terminally-ill children should be heard: new UK guidelines

March 24, 2015 11:27 AM

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain issued new guidance on Tuesday for doctors treating severely or terminally ill children, strongly advising that children's own views on whether they want to live or die should be taken into account.

The guidelines, from Britain's Royal College of Paediatrics and Child health, will be watched carefully around the world, experts said, since Britain is one of the few countries to have a framework to help doctors decide if and when to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a child.

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