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BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 03 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4234

UK’s highest court hears first right to life case: The UK Supreme Court is to hear its first healthcare right to life case since it began work in October 2009. The family of David James, a former musician who is in a minimally conscious state, is appealing against a Court of Appeal ruling that doctors need not give him “burdensome” treatment,1 in a hearing on 24 and 25 July.

Drug regulator suspends use of starch drips: The use of starch drips to treat critically ill patients and people undergoing surgery is to be suspended in the United Kingdom because their benefits no longer outweigh the risk of using them, the …

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