COVID 19: Medical treatment decisions and the law

Speaker: Ben Troke
Date: 11/11/2020
Location: Video conferencing


The lecture will cover the following issues:

  • Principles – autonomy & paternalism; available options; consent & choice; capacity & best interests
  • Pandemic – allocation of scarce resources; resources v best interests; decision-making guidance; potential liabilities
  • Planning – advance care planning and DNACPR


Ben Troke is a solicitor and a mediator with 20 years’ experience working in health and social care, acting for the NHS and private sector providers all over the country.  His particular interest is in decisions about medical treatment and he regularly deals with urgent applications to court in emergency situations.  Ben is independently rated as one of the leading practitioners in the country in the Court of Protection.  He has a decade of experience of sitting on the ethics of clinical practice committee of a large acute NHS Trust, and currently sits on the Law and Ethics Policy Unit of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, and the Law Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee.


Ben is a partner in the healthcare team at Hill Dickinson solicitors, based in Leeds.  Demystifying the law is Ben’s passion and he regularly speaks at conferences and provides training, in person and online.

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