East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust v PW (by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor)

Mental health – Persons who lack capacity. The applicant NHS trust succeeded in its application to the Court of Protection for orders, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, that a 60-year-old diabetic man (PW), who had been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, lacked capacity to make a decision regarding whether to undergo the leg amputation surgery to address his high risk of sepsis; and that it was lawful to carry out that surgery, having regard to PW's best interests.

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