Joint Committee on the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill Written Evidence

62.Multiple submissions—Example 1 (MIB 403)

  I would like to record my concern that the "Draft Mental Incapacity Bill" will erode further the human rights of the most vulnerable people in our society. The giving of food and water to any patient is not a treatment but is a basic right that ought to be available to all. The withdrawal of food and liquids is in fact the starving to death of an innocent person, this is euthanasia. I request that the heart of this Bill should be the best clinical interest of the patient. There should be no cases of' assumed wishes or feelings, of either patient or relative at the expense of the patient's best interests—ie their health.

August 2003

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