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Guidelines dismay disabled people unable to speak for themselves

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:705
  1. Alison Davis, patient
  1. 35 Stileham Bank, Milborne St Andrew, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0LE

    EDITOR—I am not just concerned about certain sections of the new BMA guidelines on withdrawing and withholding medical treatment1 —I am afraid.

    I have severe spina bifida and am a full time wheelchair user. I was appalled at the Law Lords' judgment in 1993 which allowed Tony Bland to have his food and fluids removed. Now I see that the new BMA guidelines would allow yet more disabled people unable to speak in their own defence to have nutrition …

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