Judge rules mentally ill patient must have breast surgery

From BBC - October 31, 2017

Doctors can operate on a mentally ill woman who does not accept her breast cancer diagnosis, a judge has ruled.

The woman, who is in her 60s and has paranoid schizophrenia, maintains she "has a cyst".

Bosses at the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust in Staffordshire asked Mr Justice Keehan for a ruling.

The judge decided surgery was in the woman's best interests and specialists said she was likely to die without it.

The woman, who has not been identified, believed medics treating her were "actors or impostors".


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