Patient challenges GMC guidance on withdrawing treatment

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 04 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:541
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A man with a degenerative brain condition who claims that the General Medical Council's guidelines would allow doctors to end his life against his wishes took an unprecedented “right to life” case to the High Court in London last week.

    Leslie Burke, aged 44, of Lancaster, is seeking judicial review of the GMC's 2002 guidance on withholding and withdrawing life prolonging treatment, which he argues is unlawful because it could lead doctors to breach his human rights.

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    Leslie Burke: “I may well end up in the position where I need artificial hydration and nutrition… I may not be able to …

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