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Advice on withholding food and water breaks the law, group claims

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7393.780/b (Published 12 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:780
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    A doctors group is calling for a new law to protect patients who are not dying but who are being denied food and fluids, which they say is common practice and illegal.

    An advertisement in this week's BMJ that is funded by the Doctors who Respect Human Life campaign, claims that current General Medical Council's guidance allows doctors to let patients die by withholding artificial feeding and hydration even though they may not be …

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