A letter published in today’s Daily Telegraph by some of the UK’s leading doctors, questions whether guidelines from the General Medical Council (GMC) on “Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatments” are even legal. The doctors, including Professor Peter Millard, an expert in geriatric medicine, wrote that the GMC process for drawing up the guidelines was closed and that many who had applied to attend were excluded. Moreover, they say the subsequent consultation period was too short, and poorly advertised, reports the BBC.
The doctors noted the closed process was disturbing especially considering “the fact that withdrawal of treatment from patients, particularly hydration and nutrition, is a matter of prime public concern.” The letter emphasized, “No patient should ever be allowed to die through dehydration. The patient’s thirst should always be relieved.”
See the BBC coverage at: https://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_1466000/1466254.stm