End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with Legal issues

Advance decisions: worth the paper they are (not) written on?

Richard Huxtable

Law and policy in England and Wales permit individuals to set down, in advance of future incapacity, their wishes as to what medical treatment they would want—and, particularly, not want—to receive in the future. A House of Lords Select Committee has, however, recently found that the reality of advance decision-making... Read full article

The Judgment of the High Court in Two Right-To-Die Cases

Dr Martin JR Curtice, Dr Rhiannon Kihara

This article summarises the judgment from the High Court cases of Tony Nicklinson and ‘Martin’. Both men suffered from locked-in syndrome secondary to catastrophic physical disabilities, but their mental processes were unimpaired. ‘Martin’ wanted the then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to clarify his policy on assisted dying so that... Read full article

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