Terminally ill defended the right to life

Terminally ill defended the right to lifeThe incurably sick Englishman Leslie Burk won the case against the General medical Council of the UK and thus has defended their right to life. A few years ago Burke was terrifying diagnosis - cerebral ataxia, i.e. the final stage of underdevelopment of the brain. This disease can cause the inability of the patient to communicate with the outside world and to inform doctors and family about his health. According to the English laws, in such cases, doctors may decide whether it makes sense to continue treatment of the patient or he should get only the so-called 'palliative' treatment, that is, in fact, 'be prepared' to a peaceful and painless death. However, in this case, the patient asked the doctors to continue treatment and expressed their readiness to defend their right to life in court. During the trial, lawyers for Burke advocated for policy changes to the General medical Council, which, in their opinion, had to oblige doctors to consider that, regardless of the current condition of the patient, the patient wants to live and to continue the assigned treatment. Thus doctors could not rely on the wishes of patients regarding their future. At the hearing it was also noted that the doctor must first pay attention to the patient's right to refuse treatment, and not on the right to request to continue the course of treatment. Now, in many such cases, the patient literally denied food and water, which leads to death, while death was not inevitable. Such decisions are based on the inability of the patient to clearly Express their desire to further their destiny. The court found the requirements side Burka fair and acknowledged his right to continuation of treatment. Thus was created a unique precedent, which, according to doctors and lawyers, will completely change the attitude to the terminally ill. Now it will initially be assumed that the patient wishes to continue the treatment, but it has the right to refuse it. "The question of termination or continuation of treatment of a dying or seriously ill person is one of the most difficult and important decisions ever taken by the doctor," said Dr Michael Wilks, Chairman of the Association of health care in the UK. And, taking it, he is obliged to give them the maximum chance of survival.' KM.RU: Health.



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