This was about raw power. If Alfie had escaped the diktat, there would soon be others demanding their freedom too.
We are witnessing a steady and growing imposition of technocracy in medicine, where “experts” define the parameters of care.
Forcing this baby to die when there is no diagnosis would be an act of naked medical authoritarianism.
There will be much more to say about the utilitarian drift of medicine and the increasing loss of patient autonomy.
At Nuremberg, doctors were hanged for killing babies for exactly the reasons (a “healing treatment”) mentioned here.