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Can clinically assisted nutrition and hydration be withdrawn from PVS or MCS patients without prior authorisation by the Court?
“Right-to-die cases do not need to go to court, judge rules” or “Judge changes rule on ending life support for terminally-ill” were typical of some of the inaccurate headlines which greeted the recent and important judgment of Peter Jackson J in M (by her litigation friend Mrs B) v A Hospital  EWCOP 19.
The application to the Court of Protection had nothing to do with the so-called “right-to-die”, where a capacitous individual seeks medical intervention to end an intolerable life. Nor did it relate to the withdrawal of treatment for a patient who was ‘actively’ dying. Rather, it involved an application for a declaration that it was lawful to withdraw clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (‘CANH’) from a clinically stable 50-year-old patient with minimal awareness of herself or her surroundings due to neurological deterioration caused by Huntington’s disease. Tragic as they were, the facts of the case and the remedy sought were not unusual for serious medical treatment applications before the Court of Protection.
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