Doctors get right NOT to tell parents about under-13s’ sex activities (UK)

Daily Mail UK 27th September 2007
Parents taking their children to the doctor could be asked to let them be seen alone under official guidelines issued today. They also allow doctors to offer advice to under-age girls about sex. For the first time doctors have been ordered to “respect the rights” of children to make decisions for themselves and refuse treatment if they wish. Official guidance from the General Medical Council says doctors should treat children confidentially and inform them of their right to a private consultation. It applies to all 240,000 doctors – not just GPs – and is aimed at improving medical care for children and teenagers.The GMC guidelines also cover advice on sex, abortion and contraception for under-16s, as well as child protection. They say doctors can legally offer advice to under-age girls about sex as long as five key tests are met – one of which is that they cannot be persuaded to tell their parents. 

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