Legal opinion throws status of living wills of patients in vegetative state into doubt

BMJ 2016; 355: i5875
Author: Clare Dyer
“A legal provision that obliges doctors to honour a patient’s “living will” refusing artificial nutrition and hydration seems to conflict with a Court of Protection practice direction stating that all cases concerning the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment from patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state should go to court, a senior judge has pointed out.”
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