Parents taking their children to the doctor could be asked to let them be seen alone under guidelines issued today.
For the first time doctors have been ordered to "respect the rights" of children to make decisions for themselves and refuse treatment if they wish.
Official guidance from the General Medical Council says doctors should treat children confidentially and inform them of their right to a private consultation.
It applies to all 240,000 doctors - not just GPs - and is aimed at improving medical care for children and teenagers.
Thursday, 27 September 2007
Kids Medical "Rights" in the UK
Yet another example of governmental efforts to separate children from their parents: