It doesn't work like that though. The doctor says the illness is psychiatric. This particularly child has been given four weeks to recover from severe ME. If she is still ill by January the doctor believes it is in the best interests of the child to be admitted to hospital to under go 'intensive treatment'. If the mother disagrees, it is very likely that social services will become involved and the mother's rights will be rescinded. This is the usual pattern. We are getting close to the threat of another FII case. Action needs to be taken to ensure Mum doesn't have to be forced into refusing hospital admittance, so the consultant must be persuaded to change her mind.