Medication Pathway

Section D Challenging the decision to prescribe medication

Key Points

  • If you disagree with health professionals about medication you have some rights as family members.
  • Parents or guardians of a child (under 16) can consent to medication being prescribed.
  • Health professionals should respect your wishes, but if it is their medical opinion that the treatment is necessary for the child’s health they can ask a court to overrule your decision.
  • Family members of adults (over 16) should be consulted about a decision to prescribe medication, when their relative lacks the capacity to make the decision.
  • A best interests meeting may be held to make the decision on behalf of your relative.
  • If everyone involved cannot come to a decision there are further routes to take, such as the Court of Protection.
  • If you have not been properly involved then you can object.