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(Family Division; Hedley J; 30 July 2010)
Local authority sought permission to withdraw care proceedings as there was some evidence of factitious illness or at least dramatic exaggeration by the mother leading to unnecessary medical intervention. Authority argued that withdrawal was preferable to a 15 day fact finding hearing followed by no order.
Permission to withdraw granted. The local authority had a duty to not merely to follow doctor's advice but must independently satisfy itself of best route to follow that best promotes the child's welfare.
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