(asked on 19th January 2022) - View Source

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has developed or accredited any (1) information, or (2) guidance, to support clinicians to care for a person living with a progressive or terminal illness who wishes to voluntarily stop eating and drinking with the intention of accelerating their death.

Answered by
Lord Kamall Portrait
Lord Kamall
This question was answered on 31st January 2022

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a guideline Care of dying adults in the last days of life which makes recommendations on maintaining hydration, including taking into account the wishes of the person and discussing the risks and benefits of clinically assisted hydration. NICE has also published Shared decision making, which includes guidance on communicating risks, benefits and consequences. Additionally, NICE’s guideline Decision-making and mental capacity includes recommendations on advance care planning, including helping people to exercise their right to personal autonomy as far as possible. Copies of these guidelines are attached.

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