The court ruled that the P's LPAs were invalid as one of the attorneys had witnessed the donor's signature. The registration was cancelled.
Application by the Public Guardian to commit the individual to prison after he disclosed information in breach of a transparency order. No order for committal was made.
The applicant LA was seeking an order which would allow them to withdraw CANH from the P. The order was made.
Costs were awarded against London Borough of Lambeth and the Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group on the basis a) that the proceedings should never have been brought and b) their conduct of the proceedings once commenced.
Application regarding the proposed withdrawal of clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) in respect of the 85 year old P. The application was granted.
Application to prevent publication of a video of a patient, P, in her treating hospital. The application was granted.
Guidance has been given on the taking of samples from a person who does not have the capacity to consent.
The court made declarations both as to capacity and as to treatment of the P that were sought by King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Application to withdraw CANH from the P, who was in a persistent vegetative state, was allowed.
The P had been in a persistent vegetative state since 2011 after she sustained severe hypoxic brain damage following a cardiac arrest. During the course of 2017, a number of meetings took place and it was reluctantly agreed by all those concerned that it was in her best interests for the CANH to be withdrawn. The judge had regard to Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James  UKSC 67 (the purpose of the best interest test is to consider from the patient's point of view, where a patient is suffering from an incurable disability, the question is, in fact, whether they would regard their life as worthwhile or futile) and Airedale NHS Trust v Bland  UKHL 17.
The application was allowed. There was no prospect of recovery and no benefit would be derived from any further investigation or treatment. The judge was satisfied that on a best interests analysis, the evidence was sufficient to say that the P had, prior to her injury, expressed a strong wish in fact not to live a disabled and a dependent life.
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Appeal against a decision which justified the P's deprivation of liberty was allowed.
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