“Unlawfully treated” woman to move to new unit

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:753
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. BMJ

    A quadriplegic woman on a ventilator who won a court ruling last week giving her the right to die is expected to move after Easter to an intensive care unit willing to carry out her wishes. England's senior family judge ruled that the woman was mentally competent to take treatment decisions and may therefore opt to come off the ventilator.

    Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss held that the unnamed NHS trust caring for the 43 year old former senior social worker, named only as Ms B, had been treating her unlawfully since last August, when a psychiatrist assessed her as competent.

    Ms …

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