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Debra Powell appears in Court of Protection case concerning non-provision of artificial nutrition to a person in a minimally conscious state

25th July 2014

In an important decision on the provision of life-sustaining treatment to a person in a minimally conscious state, Mrs Justice Pauffley ruled that it would be in the best interests of a woman for a treating NHS Trust, whom Debra represented, not to replace a PEG feeding tube or make further efforts to re-establish and maintain a method of providing her with artificial nutrition.


The judgment is particularly significant by virtue of the weight attached by Pauffley J to the previously expressed views of the woman as to not wishing to live in an incapacitated state, which did not amount to an advance refusal of treatment directly applicable to the circumstances in which she now found herself.


Debra was instructed by Ben Troke of Browne Jacobson

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