Re D; An NHS Trust v D [2012] EWHC 885 (COP), [2012] MHLO 47

(1) P was in a permanent vegetative state so continued medical treatment is of no benefit to him because it is futile. (2) His letter refusing life-sustaining treatment did not comply with the MCA requirements for an advance decision so could not have been relied upon; however, had the evidence on PVS not been clear cut, the judge would have given P's previous wishes and feelings great weight.

Related judgments

Re D (Official Solicitor's costs); An NHS Trust v D [2012] EWHC 886 (COP), [2012] MHLO 48


Re D (withdrawal of treatment) [2012] All ER (D) 163 (Oct)

[2012] EWCOP 885B

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39 Essex Street COP Newsletter#May 2012