Andrea Spyropoulos: Alfie Evans’ supporters should not have been allowed to abuse hospital staff

It was unacceptable for protesters to intimidate Alder Hey staff and visitors, says RCN past president
Alder Hey protesters

It was unacceptable for protesters to intimidate Alder Hey staff and visitors

There is no greater example of the tough world clinical staff encounter than the heart-breaking cases involving critically ill children for whom continued treatment is not a possibility. Under normal circumstances the hospitals involved would work with the parents. In most cases they negotiate a way forward.

When that does not happen, the courts may have to intervene. They have the difficult task of trying to resolve differences of opinion between parents and doctors and navigate complex issues. The very sad case of Alfie Evans drew national and international support for his parents, who had been in conflict with Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool about what was in their son’s best interests. There was enormous public sympathy for their plight.

These hard cases


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