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Supreme Court confirms judicial approval not needed for withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment from people with a prolonged disorder of consciousness, where family and doctors agree

The Supreme Court has today (Monday 30 July 2018) confirmed that judicial approval is not needed when withdrawing life-prolonging treatments from individuals with a prolonged disorder of consciousness (such as minimally-conscious or persistent vegetative state). Judging on the Mr Y case, which involves a man in a vegetative state following severe brain injury caused by

Statement in response to news that investigations into LPAs are on the rise

New figures released by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) revealed there were 1,729 investigations into misuse last year. Davina Hehir, Director of Policy at Compassion in Dying, a national charity that helps people prepare for the end of life, said: “An LPA for Health and Welfare is an important tool to enable someone’s