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BMA calls for extra safeguards for life and death decisions

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 26 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1716
  1. Richard Woodman
  1. London

    Decisions to withhold or withdraw life prolonging treatment can often be taken without referral to the law courts, but there is a need for extra safeguards, according to a BMA report.

    At present, proposals to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration from patients in a persistent vegetative state require legal review in all countries of the United Kingdom except Scotland, but the courts have not specified what should …

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