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"Life-and-death Decisions Should Not Be Left To Doctors"
November 16, 2004

LONDON, ENGLAND--Jane Campbell, Britain's Disability Rights Commissioner, recently spoke at the Royal Society Medicine Conference.

Her topic was the role of doctors in determining when life-sustaining treatments should be given to people with severe disabilities or medical conditions.

She focused on the case of Leslie Burke, a 43-year-old man with a progressive medical condition who successfully challenged the General Medical Council's guidelines on withholding food and water from such patients.

Campbell told the medical professionals that "it is time to share the burden" of these decisions with "the patient or their chosen close relatives, friends and advocates that they trust".

The Independent ran an excerpt of her speech.

Entire article:
"Life-and-death decisions should not be left to doctors" (The Independent)

http://comment.independent.co.uk/podium/story.jsp?story=581562

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