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Withholding of life sustaining treatment

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Withholding of life sustaining treatment

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James and others [2013] EWCA Civ 65

The Court of Appeal has held that it was in a patient’s best interests to have life-sustaining treatment withheld where treatment would be futile and extremely difficult to endure, and the patient would never recover enough from multiple organ failure to leave hospital.

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