In the case of Tafida Raqeeb, the parents of a young child in a minimally conscious state wanted to take her to Italy, where the doctors were willing to continue her medical treatment. In the recent CJEU case of A (C-243/19), a Latvian father took his son to Poland for open-heart surgery. In Poland, the operation could take place without a blood transfusion, which was consistent with the father’s faith as a Jehovah’s Witness.  

In both cases, patients relied on EU free movement law to make their own decisions about the appropriate medical treatment – decisions with which the treating doctors in their home country disagreed. In this seminar, we will explore the interaction between patient autonomy and free movement law in situations with a strong ethical or religious dimension. We will also analyse the implications of these cases for doctors and patients in the UK after Brexit. 


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