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An NHS Trust and others v Y (by his litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) and another (2018) UKSC 46

The United Kingdom Supreme Court has ruled that doctors may withdraw treatment from patients in a persistent vegetative state without seeking legal permission.  Provided that both the medical team and the patient’s relatives are agreed that the withdrawal is in the patient’s best interests, doctors will be able to remove feeding tubes without applying to the Court of Protection.
 

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Pregnancy-related sex discrimination case settles

A local woman has been paid £25,000 in settlement of her sex-discrimination claim against her former employer, Intern Europe Ltd, a Belfast-based company.

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Mother awarded £9 million in compensation after giving birth to seriously ill son

The High Court of England and Wales has awarded compensation to a mother to raise her baby son who was born with haemophilia.

The mother requested blood tests from her GP to see if she had the disorder after her nephew had been diagnosed with the rare condition.  The GP who analysed the blood tests told her she did not have haemophilia, and therefore she should not be concerned if she became pregnant. 

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Terminally ill man loses assisted dying challenge

 

Noel Douglas Conway -v- The Secretary of State for Justice and Others [2017] EWHC 2447 (Admin)

 

A man suffering from motor neurone disease has lost his challenge against the law on assisted dying.  Mr Conway wanted a declaration that the Suicide Act 1961, which lays out the law on assisted dying, is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) which relates to respect for private and family life. 

 

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High Court declares that child should receive vaccinations against mother’s wishes

SL (Permission to Vaccinate), Re 2017 EWHC

The High Court has ruled that a local authority may vaccinate a seven month old boy contrary to his mother’s wishes.

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High Court rules that NHS England has a duty to commission and pay for preventative HIV treatment

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