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GMC to send out new guidelines on end of life decisions

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 04 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1055
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Guidelines for UK doctors about taking decisions on withholding or withdrawing treatment from patients are expected to be approved by the General Medical Council this month and issued to every doctor on the register.

    News of the impending guidance emerged this week as the Department of Health announced the death of the quadriplegic woman known only as Ms B, who won a court ruling in March allowing the ventilator keeping her alive to be switched off.

    The guidelines …

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