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Withdrawal Of Food And Fluids From Patients

EDM number 773 in 1998-99, proposed by Joe Benton on 29/06/1999.

That this House notes with concern that the British Medical Association report on Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Medical Treatment makes no distinction between the effect of withdrawing life-support, such as ventilation, and withdrawal of food and fluid by tube from a patient who is not dying, and that the report fails to recognise that the former action will result in a patient dying from his or her pre-existing condition whereas the latter will result in the patient dying from dehydration and starvation caused directly by the doctor, nurse or other health-care worker removing the patient's feeding tube; further notes with alarm that these guidelines are intended to be followed in a much wider range of cases and conditions than Persistent Vegetative State, relying upon the advice of one independent doctor alone without the current requirement to make an application to the courts; notes that, following the decision in the House of Lords in the case of Airedale NHS Trust v Bland, which currently applies only to PVS patients, this could result in doctors and nurses being obliged to kill their patients by dehydration if the guidlines were ever to become accepted in practice; and calls on the Secretary of State immediately to circulate all hospitals and health-care workers to emphasise that the guidelines do not represent legal guidelines and should not be adopted.

This motion has been signed by a total of 35 MPs.

Joe Benton29/06/1999BootleLabourProposed
Marion Roe29/06/1999BroxbourneConservativeSigned
Ann Winterton29/06/1999CongletonConservativeSigned
David Amess29/06/1999Southend WestConservativeSigned
Brian Iddon29/06/1999Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Martin Smyth30/06/1999Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Elfyn Llwyd30/06/1999Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Kevin McNamara30/06/1999Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Vincent Cable30/06/1999TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe30/06/1999LeighLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin30/06/1999Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Ronnie Fearn30/06/1999SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Teddy Taylor30/06/1999Rochford & Southend EastConservativeSigned
Edward Leigh01/07/1999GainsboroughConservativeSigned
Peter Luff01/07/1999Mid WorcestershireConservativeSigned
Nicholas Winterton05/07/1999MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Kerry Pollard08/07/1999St AlbansLabourSigned
Jeffrey M Donaldson13/07/1999Lagan ValleyUUPSigned
David Drew15/07/1999StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Gordon Marsden15/07/1999Blackpool SouthLabourSigned
Michael Jabez Foster19/07/1999Hastings & RyeLabourSigned
Ted Rowlands20/07/1999Merthyr Tydfil & RhymneyLabourSigned
Terry Davis21/07/1999Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Helen Jones22/07/1999Warrington NorthLabourSigned
Julian Brazier23/07/1999CanterburyConservativeSigned
Alan Keen26/07/1999Feltham & HestonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Denzil Davies19/10/1999LlanelliLabourSigned
Claire Curtis-Thomas19/10/1999CrosbyLabourSigned
Jamie Cann19/10/1999IpswichLabourSigned
John Burnett19/10/1999Torridge & West DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Laxton19/10/1999Derby NorthLabourSigned
Paul Keetch19/10/1999HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Lindsay Hoyle19/10/1999ChorleyLabourSigned
Geraldine Smith19/10/1999Morecambe & LunesdaleLabourSigned
Adrian Sanders19/10/1999TorbayLiberal DemocratSigned

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