*An NHS Trust and others v Y (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) and another

Medical treatment – Withdrawal of treatment. The judge had not erred in holding that a court order need not always be obtained before clinically assisted nutrition and hydration, which was keeping alive a person with a prolonged disorder of consciousness, was withdrawn. Accordingly, the Supreme Court dismissed the appellant Official Solicitors appeal and ruled that, if the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 were followed and the relevant guidance observed, and if there was agreement on what was in the best interests of the patient, the patient might be treated in accordance with that agreement without application to the court.

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