A French doctor has been acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to seven terminally ill patients, and the UK's supreme court on Wednesday upheld the ban on assisted suicide but ruled that the current law was incompatible with human rights legislation, fuelling the arguments of those who say the duty of doctors is to end the suffering of those beyond treatment.
Coming a day after France's top administrative court ordered an end to the treatment of a comatose man – a decision later blocked by the European court of human rights – the rulings cast new light on the legal struggle over medical treatments for the terminally ill or patients in vegetative states.
The Guardian: French doctor acquitted of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections
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