|Justice Peter Jackson|
In contrast to most Western jurisdictions, families and clinicians in the UK needed court permission withdraw nutrition from a patient in a permanent vegetative state. A new ruling yesterday holds that such permission is no longer required.
So long as (1) relatives agree and (2) it's in the best interests of a patient in a minimally conscious or vegetative state, then clinicians may withdraw all sorts of treatment that will result in the end of someone's life without the permission of a court. Now, nutrition and hydration will be treated the same way.