Supreme Court Verdict On The Case Of Y

31 July 2018

The Supreme Court has handed down its verdict on the case of Y which considers when it is necessary to seek the approval of the court before Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration is withdrawn from a person with a prolonged disorder of consciousness.  The Supreme Court verdict was that there is no requirement to seek court approval.  The verdict also broadened to consider the wider question of the withdrawal or withholding of any form of life-sustaining treatment from a person lacking the capacity to consent to or refuse such treatment. 


The Legal & Ethical Policy Unit  undertook a written legal intervention into the case which was welcomed by the court for setting the case in the context of its impact on wider clinical care.  The Unit has provided a summary of the verdict here  for members.