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Withdrawing life-sustaining treatment: a stock-take of the legal and ethical position
  1. Alexander Charles Edward Ruck Keene1,2,
  2. Annabel Lee2
  1. 1King’s College London, London, UK
  2. 239 Essex Chambers, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Alexander Charles Edward Ruck Keene, King’s College London, London WC2R 2LS, UK; Alex.ruckkeene{at}39essex.com

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  • Contributors ACERK led on the drafting of the article and AL reviewed and contributed research assistance.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests ACERK was one of the legal advisers to the working group that produced the BMA/RCP Guidance considered in the article. ACERK acted for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine/Intensive Society in the case of Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James [2013] UKSC 67; ACERK and AL both acted for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine/Intensive Society in the case of an NHS Trust v Y [2018] UKSC 46.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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Footnotes

  • Contributors ACERK led on the drafting of the article and AL reviewed and contributed research assistance.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests ACERK was one of the legal advisers to the working group that produced the BMA/RCP Guidance considered in the article. ACERK acted for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine/Intensive Society in the case of Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v James [2013] UKSC 67; ACERK and AL both acted for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine/Intensive Society in the case of an NHS Trust v Y [2018] UKSC 46.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

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