Best interests

Life sustaining treatment

If the decision is about life sustaining treatment you must not be motivated by a desire to bring about the person’s death. It will be up to the professionals involved in the case to decide whether a particular treatment being given is “life sustaining”. No clinician can be pressured to provide a treatment which is not on offer. Life sustaining treatment can be stopped without the need for a court order, as long as, there is no dispute amongst the clinical team or family that it is no longer in the person’s best interest for the treatment to continue. An application to court will be required if there is a dispute or the decision is finely balanced.