37. The principal Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 71, the following section:
“Power of Director or protector to give consent to medical treatment to child or young person in need thereof
71A. Where a child or young person who has been committed to the care of a fit person or who is being detained in an approved school, an approved home, an approved institution, a remand home, a place of detention, a place of safety or any other place being used for the reception and care of children or young persons is in need of any medical treatment (including any surgical procedure) and —
the consent of the parent or guardian of the child or young person to such medical treatment cannot be obtained despite all reasonable efforts; and
any delay in carrying out the medical treatment would cause the child or young person unnecessary suffering or endanger his health,
the Director or a protector may give consent to the carrying out of such medical treatment and any consent so given shall, for all intents and purposes, be sufficient consent and authorisation for the carrying out of the medical treatment.”.