Airedale NHS Trust v Bland [1993]

Facts

  • Doctors sought a declaration that it was acceptable to turn off the life support machines which had held a patient in a persistent vegetative state for more than 2 years

Issue

  • Could a declaration be obtained

Decision

  • Yes

Reasoning

  • Where a person is unable to give or withhold their own consent, doctors are entitled to decide what is in that patient’s best interests
  • It may in the best interests of the patient to discontinue treatment
RELATED CASE  Drake v DPP [1994]

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