UK Drops Judicial Permission Requirement to Stop CANH for PVS patients

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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