Scotland's “right to die” case is put on hold

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 09 December 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1523

Scotland's first “right to die” case, which started last week in the Court of Session in Edinburgh, has been adjourned till later this month or January owing to the illness of the Lord Advocate. Law Hospital NHS Trust in Carluke wants to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration from Janet Johnstone, aged 52, who has been in a persistent vegetative state for four years after an overdose of theophylline and thyroxine. The application is supported by her husband and …

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