County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust v PP and others

Mental health – Court of Protection. P was an elderly patient in under the care of the relevant NHS Trust. She was described by a number of the medical professionals as being 'very frail', had no eye contact, appeared unconscious, and was unable to communicate or respond to any requests or commands. The Trust sought declarations pursuant to s 15(1)(c) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, that it was lawful and in P's best interests to continue to receive artificial hydration via subcutaneous injection and that the treating clinicians were to be permitted not to provide artificial nutrition by a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube or via an alternative artificial feeding regime and not to resuscitate her in the event of either a cardiac or respiratory arrest. The Court of Protection granted the declarations as being in P's best interests.

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