Withholding “the necessaries of life”?

Withholding “the necessaries of life”?

Margot Bentley, a former nurse living in BC, is in a state of advanced Alzheimer’s Disease.  According to media reports, her daughter (Katherine Hammond) has requested that, consistent with Ms. Bentley’s clear prior written wishes (“no nourishment or liquids”), spoon feeding be stopped.  Fraser Health Authority has refused to either stop the spoon feeding or, in the alternative, to permit a transfer of Ms. Bentley to a facility or to her daughter’s home where her wishes will be respected.

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