oa South African Medical Journal - Use of the consent provisions of the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act for live births by caesarean section when unable to follow the procedures in the Children’s Act - editorial

Volume 108 Number 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The Children’s Act[1] provides that in emergencies the superintendent of a hospital, or the person in charge of a hospital in their absence, may consent to the medical treatment of or surgical operation on a child, subject to two conditions: (i) if the treatment or operation is necessary to preserve the child’s life or to save the child from serious lasting physical injury or disability; and (ii) if the treatment or an operation is so urgent that it cannot be deferred to obtain the consent that would otherwise be required.

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