Negative Treatment of Vulnerable Patients: Euthanasia by any other Name?

Graeme Laurie, Ken Mason

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Abstract

In this article the authors follow up their work entitled 'The Management of the Persistent Vegetative State in the British Isles' (1996 J. R. 263) in which they argued that the foundations of a slippery slope in respect of the treatment of patients in PVS had been laid in both Scots and English law. They now trace legal developments since 1996 and consider them in the light of recent guidance from the British Medical Association which purports to extend the application of existing legal precedents beyond those in PVS so as to encompass withdrawal of artificial feeding and hydration from other severely incapacitated patients, such as those suffering from stroke or dementia. Finally, the provisions of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 are examined to determine to what extent, if any, they erect barriers on the moral and legal slippery slope in respect of negative treatment decisions involving vulnerable patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-78
JournalJuridical Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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