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Thursday, 20 May 2010

BHA welcomes new GMC guidance on end-of life care

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has welcomed new guidance by the General Medical Council (GMC) on end-of-life care. The guidelines make clear that providing life-prolonging treatment that is “excessively burdensome” or “disproportionate in relation to the expected benefits” when a patient is nearing the end of life may not be in the best interests of the patient and thus not always the best course of action. The guidance also makes clear that “doctors have an ethical obligation to show respect for human life; protect the health of their patients; and to make their patients' best interests their first concern

Full Notice: BHA welcomes new GMC guidance on end-of life care

Further information is available in the General Medical Council's guidlines for doctors on Withholding and Withdrawing treatment

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