BMA annual representative meeting: Wishes of patients who have lost mental capacity must be respectedBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7457.72-g (Published 08 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:72
- Linda Beecham
Patients who have lost their mental capacity but have previously indicated that they wish to receive artificial hydration and nutrition should have their wishes respected. This proposal from the Worcestershire division was endorsed at the annual meeting by 59 votes to 56.
Dr Anthony Cole, a consultant paediatrician at the Worcester Royal Infirmary, said that guidelines from the BMA about the withdrawal of hydration and …