RCPCH responds to recent judgements maintaining Reporting Restriction Orders

We acknowledge and welcome the judgement from the President of the Family Division in relation to Abbasi v Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Thomas/Haastrup v Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The court has ruled to maintain the Reporting Restriction Orders prohibiting the naming of clinicians involved in the care and treatment of two children. 

The RCPCH provided input towards this case and opposed the naming of individuals involved in a child’s care publicly as this will both undermine the current mechanisms for maintaining high quality and accountability and threaten future engagement of health professionals in areas of professional conflict.

As paediatricians, every decision we take will always have the best interests of the child at heart. Decisions on care, including the withdrawal of treatment should, as far as is possible, always be made with the involvement of parents and/or carers.

It is more important than ever that we support doctors to join, and stay, in paediatrics. We need to ensure health professionals are supported to work safely and have appropriate support to provide high quality, safe and effective care for children and young people.