I heard mention of this on the radio yesterday and I wrinkled my nose but I didn't have time to think about it. I refer to the decision of the Supreme Court to permit doctors (or 'quacks', as I prefer to think of them!) to be allowed to take the final, life-or-death decision on sick patients in a 'vegetative' condition with no immediate prospect of improvement. By sheer (and bloody!) coincidence this is exactly the quandary faced by a very old and dear friend of ours whose husband went into hospital for relatively minor surgery which suddenly went wrong and has left him in precisely that condition.
Doctors, of course, are the usual mixture of 'the good, the bad and the ugly' but, despite that, there is a tendency to bestow on them an almost holy aura of righteousness. That should be resisted, particularly in decisions of life or death. The fact that this almighty power of life or death has been bestowed upon them by another group of people with inflated views of their own superiority, lawyers of the Supreme Court, does not make it more acceptable to me. Ms. Melanie McDonagh at The Coffee Shop has a balanced view of the subject which is worth reading.