A Good Death?: Law and Ethics in Practice (Medical Law and by Simon Woods, Lynn Hagger

By Simon Woods, Lynn Hagger

This interdisciplinary assortment offers beneficial discourse and mirrored image at the nature of an outstanding demise. Bringing jointly a number one pass judgement on and different felony students, philosophers, social scientists, practitioners and oldsters who current various money owed of an outstanding dying, the chapters draw from own adventure in addition to coverage, perform and educational research. overlaying topics equivalent to sufferers’ rights to figure out their very own strong loss of life, contemplating their most sensible pursuits whilst conversation turns into tough and the function and duties of wellbeing and fitness execs, the publication outlines how moral healthcare could be accomplished while facing assisted suicide by means of corporations and the way finish of existence companies more often than not could be enhanced. will probably be of curiosity to scholars and teachers operating the realm of clinical legislation and ethics in addition to future health execs and policy-makers.

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Diagnosis of death. British Medical Journal, 332, 1187–8. 61 Supra n. 37. T. 1997. Organ transplant initiatives: The twilight zone. Journal of Medical Ethics, 23,170–75. g. Human Tissue Act 2004. 64 Supra n. 59, at p. 44. 65 Notwithstanding the broad interpretations of these in cases such as Re A (Male Sterilisation) [2000] 1 FLR 549 and Re Y [1997] 2 WLR 556. 66 R v Bodkin Adams [1957] CLR 365. Redefining Death? 35 withdraw treatment that maintains life by, for example, stopping artificial support of the heart and circulation with drugs if the underlying condition is untreatable as in the case of multiple organ failures.

A Good Death? 18 who decides, when the treatment identified as being in the patient’s best interests carries with it severe, or perhaps very severe, resource implications. The traditional answer that the law provides is clear, but not particularly reassuring for the patient. 23 Compulsion can be applied only in public law proceedings in the Administrative Court and even there only against the NHS, as a public body (which a doctor is not), and only if grounds for compulsion exist either under domestic public law (which is rarely the case) or where the Convention and the Human Rights Act provide a remedy.

52 However, this has yet to receive judicial support. The principle of pre-mortem bodily preparation was put to the test in the ‘Exeter Protocol’, where patients dying from irrecoverable neurological conditions on hospital wards were removed to intensive care units for elective ventilation in order for brain death to supervene and their organs to be subsequently removed for transplantation purposes. 53 However, that protocol differed in several ways from NHBOD protocols as patients were moved away from their point of care, potentially altering their mode of dying, whereas for NHBOD ‘patients’ are only moved to an operating theatre once cardiac arrest has occurred.

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