The parents of 21-month-old Alfie Evans have lost the latest stage of a legal fight to keep him on life support. Today, three court of appeal judges ruled that doctors could stop treating Alfie. They held that it is in Alfie’s best interests for doctors to remove his life-support treatment.
The ruling was expected, since UK jurisprudence has grown increasingly clear and robust that
(1) Courts will generally defer to clinician assessment of a patient’s best interest.
(2) Surrogates have no authority to demand treatment inconsistent with the patient’s best interest.