Court hears rare treatment withdrawal application for minimally conscious patient

Mr Justice Charles criticises Legal Aid Agency for advancing any argument ‘to avoid paying legal aid’

29 Nov 2016

A rare application about a patient with depleted consciousness and involving no fewer than seven parties is being heard in the Court of Protection this week, with non-professional reporters unusually allowed to live-tweet from court.

Policeman Paul Briggs was riding his motorbike to work when he was hit by a car driving down the wrong side of the road. The accident took place in July 2015 and Briggs has since been in a minimally conscious state.

The 43-year-old has been on clinically assisted nutrition and hydration (CANH) and some doctors believe he could live for another nine or ten years in this state. His family, however, say that this wou...

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