Wye Valley NHS Trust v B

Mental health – Persons who lack capacity. The case concerned whether it was lawful for the doctors treating the respondent, B, a 73-year-old gentleman with a severely infected leg, to amputate his foot against his wishes in order to save his life. B also had a long-standing mental illness. The Court of Protection, in dismissing the application by the NHS Trust, held that B did not have the capacity to make treatment decisions about his foot and that an enforced amputation would not be in his best interests.

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