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New RCPCH Decisions to Limit Treatment framework has been launched replacing its previous Withholding and withdrawing life sustaining treatment in children a framework document.

More info the new guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) advises doctors on when to treat children and babies with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.

It says life-sustaining treatment can be limited or withdrawn when:

·         Life is limited in quality

·         Life is limited in quantity

·         When there is 'competent refusal of treatment' - for example if an older child with extensive experience of illness repeatedly consents to stopping their medical care. 

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The guidance has been published in the Journal Archives of Disease in Childhood