Hey Everyone.

My Masters officially started on the 4th and I have to admit I am totally out of practice with this level of study.

Our first topic/block is regarding Doctrinal Research Methods and in particular relating to mental capacity. 

I find the topic really interesting. I would consider myself more of a research based student and this approach resonates with me. 

We have been looking at a case Re F (Mental patient sterilisation) [1990] 2 AC 1 where a lady with the mental capacity of a child enters a relationship. The Mother and Doctors treating the lady wish to perform sterilisation to prevent a possible pregnancy. Contraception is not a possibility and the mental well-being of the lady in question would only suffer futher with pregnancy/childbirth. 

The courts found in favour in this case and it was said that in all future cases where such serious operations are a possibility then the High Court must be consulted.

The law in this area still needs a lot of work and there are many issues which come to light regarding this situation. 

If the patient does not have the capacity to deal with pregnancy does she in fact understand the implications of sex? 

It may also be necessary to consider the possibility of having same sex only wards where patients are mentally vulnerable.

I’m still working through the material and looking to understand this area more but it certainly getting me interested and asking questions. 

What are your thoughts regarding this case? Or area of law? What changes do you feel should be made? I’d love to hear what you think. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

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