Family Division

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 16th June 2009.

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Photo of Bridget Prentice Bridget Prentice Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice 2:30 pm, 16th June 2009

These are very sensitive cases, and we should be very careful about the way we address them. The Official Solicitor's job is to act on behalf of someone who lacks capacity. Their job is not to act on behalf of the child or the local authority, but, usually, on behalf of the adult—although occasionally it could be on behalf of the child—who lacks capacity. The Official Solicitor will so act only if there is evidence before the court suggesting that the adult lacks capacity to understand the court proceedings. The Official Solicitor would be acting outwith their responsibility as an officer of the court in doing anything other than acting on behalf of the person who lacks capacity.

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linda mcDermott
Posted on 17 Jun 2009 11:29 am (Report this annotation)

Bridget I am not impressed at all with the reply you sent to me about contacting the GP or NHS in adoption cases.
Your own IQ madam is not looking good. You really must take on board the facts .
In ACUTE CASES of leukaemia you simply do not have the time to go through all of these channels it is too long it is also corrupt or unsafe for most families to venture near a GP . the suggestion you have made to the right Hon Kelvin Hopkins is now bringing into question your own IQ or lack of insight to say the least.
Do you really think you would want any member of your own family to have to be put through this system? FLAWS and all ?
If the answer is NO then listen to the important question I have raised.

The timing is important when looking for a key for an adopted child to find a bone marrow donor or a stem cell donor.
The courts are as slow as the MP's on the uptake when taking on the risks and the human rights of a looked after child.

We need to make really sure you get your facts right when you say this is being done" ALL IN THE CHILD'S BEST INTERESTS."

I would not trust my child's life with any MP if this is your final answer.


A global data base is what is needed also funding to transport the life saving recipient donors sample. This must either be funded to run parallel to the NHS or NAtional Data base.
The time scale for debate and letter writing is now over .
Sir Richard Branson would be able to get this concept , the families who have lost children through closed courts would also grasp this problem.
A cancer specialist woud also grasp this problem.
A desperate child or adopted adult would also get this.
An MP like you can continue to do what most MP's do ,"swerve or avoid real life threatening issues faced by all families who are said to be the 1- 3 who get cancer". Or you can improve life chances for all families cancer spreads fast in some cases.

I speak with authority also with experience of having seen how a child with treatment for cancer goes missing in the care system whilst others pass the responsibility over like it is a time bomb waiting to go OFF.The local authority have failed to keep me up to date about my son. I have been ruled out of his life . Should he come out of remission we will see how well this NHS system & the GP will deal with the problem.

ALL CHILDREN MUST HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS TO ACCESS A STEM CELL DONOR ,OR A BONE MARROW DONOR IN OR OUT OF CARE SYSTEM.

WE DO NOT ALL STAY IN THE UK OR WORK IN THE CITY THIS IS TOTALLY STUPID TO SUGGEST ALSO CONTACT YOUR GP.
LIMITED THINKING WILL COST LIVES!!