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New draft guidance from the BMA will enable doctors to dehydrate and sedate to death large numbers of non-dying patients with dementia, stroke or brain damage

This story was broken on 14 August 2018 by the Daily Mail. Is it justifiable to withdraw food and fluids from patients with dementia, stroke and brain injury who are not imminently dying? New ‘confidential’ draft guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA) – the doctors’ […]

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Severely brain-damaged patients are commonly misdiagnosed, often aware and may well recover, says authoritative new report

People with severe brain damage are difficult to diagnose reliably, not uncommonly recover and are often much more aware than we think. Specifically: Four in ten people who are thought to be unconscious are actually aware       One in five people with severe […]

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Dignity in Dying’s response to last week’s Supreme Court ruling reveals its real agenda

The former Voluntary Euthanasia Society, re-branded ‘Dignity in Dying’ (DID) in 2006, in order to disguise its real objectives, has always been quick to emphasise that it only supports a change in the law to allow so-called ‘assisted dying’. By this it means allowing mentally […]

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Organ donation opt out plans in England – not nearly as clear cut as it might seem

All adults in England will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have explicitly opted out, the government has announced. The new plans follow a public consultation launched last December. Wales has had a similar opt-out system since 2015 and Scotland also plans to introduce one. New legislation which […]

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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 […]

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