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Supreme Court rules that doctors can remove food and fluids from patients with permanent vegetative state, without going to court

My Radio Four Today programme interview on this case is here, and my interview with BBC Radio Five Live is here. Should doctors be able to withdraw food and fluids from severely brain-damaged people who are not imminently dying? And if so, in what circumstances? The […]

End of Life Issues. What can we expect in 2017?

End of Life Issues. What can we expect in 2017?

Things have been quieter than usual on the end of life front in the UK since the overwhelming defeat of Rob Marris’s and Patrick Harvie’s assisted suicide bills in 2015 in the Westminster and Scottish Parliament’s respectively. But there is new activity in the UK […]

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Lessons from Africa: running and dying well

We are just back from amazing two weeks in East Africa. Our son Andrew was taking on a series of epic challenges, which included running up Mt Kilimanjaro in a day (he took 7hrs 16 minutes from base camp), doing the same with Mt Kenya, […]

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Government ministers and MPs wade in on Liverpool Care Pathway

The controversial Liverpool care pathway (LCP), a framework used to manage patients who are imminently dying, has not unexpectedly now come to the attention of government ministers and MPs. Earlier this year, the Daily Mail newspaper claimed in a headline that the NHS was killing […]

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Specialists in Palliative Medicine need to act swiftly to respond to these five key concerns about the LCP

Yesterday I mentioned that the Association for Palliative Medicine (APM) had announced plans to launch an investigation into the controversial Liverpool Care pathway. Today both the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail have run the story. In addition a Daily Mail editorial today welcomes the […]