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Supreme Court judgement on best interests and life sustaining treatment

The UK Supreme Court  issued a press summary of their judgement in the case of Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James on 30th October.

The Court  had been asked to consider an appeal by the wife of the appellant (Mr James) following a Court of Appeal judgement that permitted the Trust caring for Mr James to withhold potentially life sustaining treatment  that was thought not to be in his best interests.  It emphasised the importance of the intrinsic value of life separate from quality of life and of the importance given to the subjective view of quality of life as perceived by the patient.

The summary states that treatment ‘was not futile if it enabled a patient to resume a quality of life which the patient would regard as worthwhile'.

Read the full summary