Trust statement regarding Alfie Evans
Following court proceedings beginning 1st February 2018, we have issued the following statement. The Trust will not be issuing any further statements until the conclusion of the hearing.
We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for the family concerned and we continue to liaise directly with them.
Alder Hey is a specialist children’s hospital which therefore means we treat many children with often complex, life threatening conditions. Unfortunately despite the best efforts of our clinicians, some of these children are sadly unable to recover from their illness.
In such a situation, medical professionals will meet to discuss the most appropriate care plan going forward, focusing on the comfort, wellbeing and best interests of the child concerned. The Trust will often seek advice from specialist clinicians at other trusts. The care plan is always discussed in full with the family to aim to reach agreement between clinicians and parents about the most appropriate care. We also seek input from the families concerned and this may extend to include review by experts instructed by the family
Understandably these cases place families under great pressure. We will always seek to reach agreement with parents of the child concerned but there will be some rare situations where agreement cannot be reached and the treating team believe that continued active treatment is not in a child’s best interests. In these cases the Trust will refer a case to the Family Division of the High Court and seek a determination as to the best interests of the child. In all such cases the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS) are invited by the Court to consider the case and provide independent representation of the child.