Court decision no longer required in right-to-die cases, judge rules

Landmark ruling means legal permission no longer needed before life-support treatment is withdrawn from patients with severe illnesses

Legal permission will no longer be required by a court before life-supporting treatment is withdrawn from patients with severely debilitating illnesses, a high court judge has ruled.

The landmark ruling by Mr Justice Peter Jackson in the court of protection marks a significant change in how right-to-die cases may be handled in future by hospitals and families.

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