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This week’s HEAL event: Andrew McGee on ‘Is Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatment Killing?’

In 2013, Death and dying, Meetings on December 2, 2013 at 8:10 am

 

Our next HEAL event will be on Wednesday 4 December from 3pm in building 4/room 3007, with Andrew McGee, from the Faculty of Law at Queensland University of Technology.

The title of Andrew’s paper: ‘Is Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatment Killing?’

Abstract:

This paper discusses recent arguments of Franklin Miller and Robert Truog about withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and causation. The authors argue that traditional medical ethics, and the law, are mistaken to take the view that withdrawal does not kill the patient but merely allows the patient to die, describing such a view as ‘patently false’. In so arguing, Miller and Truog join a long line of academic criticism of the law that extends back to the seminal decision of Airedale NHS Trust v Bland [1993] AC 789 (HL) and beyond. In this paper, I take issue with the authors’ claims. I argue that there are reasonable grounds upon which traditional medical ethics and the law can regard withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment as allowing the patient to die rather than as killing the patient.

We look forward to seeing you there – if you could let Adrian know if you wish to attend, by emailing A.M.Viens@soton.ac.uk (so we can keep an eye on numbers) that would be appreciated.

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