Medico Legal Corner
Is the decision of a treating doctor to withhold or withdraw medical intervention in the case of patient?
Dr KK Aggarwal & Advocate Ira Gupta, 11 March 2019
Yes, the decision by a treating doctor to withhold or withdraw medical intervention in the case of a patient in the terminal stage of illness or in a persistently vegetative state or the like where artificial intervention will merely prolong the suffering and agony of the patient is protected by the law. Where the doctor has acted in such a case in the best interest of the patient and in bona fide discharge of the duty of care, the law will protect the reasonable exercise of a professional d
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