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Human Rights Act does not affect the law on PVS

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:916
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The Human Rights Act does not affect doctors' right to withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration from patients in a permanent vegetative state (PVS), England's senior family judge ruled last week.

    Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, president of the High Court's family division, gave the go-ahead for tube feeding to be withdrawn from two patients. She held that the principles laid down by the House of Lords seven years ago in the Bland case were not affected by the Human Rights Act. …

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