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This not a case about choosing to die, but about an adult’s capacity to shape and control the end of his life

3rd June 2020

 Barnsley NHS Trust v MSP [2020] EWCOP 26.

Bridget Dolan QC acted for the NHS Trust in this profoundly sad case that reaffirms the principle of autonomy and also sends a clear message to all of us who might want to decide for ourselves whether life-sustaining  treatment should  be given to us on losing capacity:  Make sure your advanced decision is signed and witnessed if you wish to avoid unwanted medical treatment and litigation.   

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