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GMC challenges court ruling on end of life decisions

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7501.1165 (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1165
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The General Medical Council went to the Court of Appeal in London this week to try to overturn a landmark high court ruling. The ruling had declared that parts of the council's guidance to doctors on withholding and withdrawing life prolonging treatment were unlawful.


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    Leslie Burke fears that when he loses the power to communicate, doctors might decide not to provide artificial nutrition

    Credit: ANDREW PARSONS/PA/EMPICS

    Last July, Leslie Burke, who is 45 years old and has cerebral ataxia, won the ruling, which was hailed as a breakthrough for the rights of …

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