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Posted on September 21, 2017 at 9:38 AM
Justice Peter Jackson

In contrast to most Western jurisdictions, families and clinicians in the UK needed court permission withdraw nutrition from a patient in a permanent vegetative state.  A new ruling yesterday holds that such permission is no longer required.


So long as (1) relatives agree and (2) it’s in the best interests of a patient in a minimally conscious or vegetative state, then clinicians may withdraw all sorts of treatment that will result in the end of someone’s life without the permission of a court. Now, nutrition and hydration will be treated the same way.

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