The Supreme Court has ruled that legal permission will no longer be required when families and doctors are in agreement. This means medical staff will be able to remove feeding tubes without applying to the Court of Protection for approval where a person is in a vegetative state or minimally conscious.
Prior to this decision families have faced a long court process which can take months or even years in some cases.
There are no records recording how many vegetative state or minimally conscious patients there are in the UK but it is estimated that this ruling could affect thousands of families.
If there is no agreement between families and doctors the Court of Protection will continue to make the decisions in these cases.
Whether you agree or disagree with the Court ruling this does highlight the need for people to put in place Lasting Powers of Attorney Health and Welfare so you have the right people making decisions for you should you no longer be mentally capable of making them for yourself.
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