Court ruling not needed to withdraw care, judge says Legal permission will no longer be required to end care for patients in a permanent vegetative state, a judge has ruled.
Until now, even if medics and relatives agree to withdraw nutrition from a patient, a judge must also consent.
But a landmark decision by Mr Justice Jackson means those cases will no longer have to come to court.
The official solicitor, appointed by the state to act for such patients, is likely to appeal against the ruling. BBC News