- Researchers from the University of Manchester's centre for social ethics and policy found that at least 400, and maybe up to 1,200, more people died than would have been expected at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, according to investigations in 2009 and 2010. The research highlighted the fact that patients were abandoned without food, drink or medication.
- The Daily Mail found that between 2005 and 2009 in England and Wales, 667 care home residents died of dehydration and 157 died of malnutrition.
- the 1992 Bland judgment
- professional guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA) and the General Medical Council (GMC)
- the Mental Capacity Act 2005
- the Liverpool Care Pathway
- the Director of Public Prosecutions' guidelines on assisted suicide
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