Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5481

Date Request Received: 13/01/2020 12:21:54

Date Request Replied To: 10/02/2020 15:16:03

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Request Summary: withdrawal of Clinically Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (CANH)

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
In your Trust is there any formal register kept of deaths occurring as a result of withdrawal of Clinically Artificial Nutrition and Hydration (CANH) that occur under the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and BMA/RCP/GMC Guidelines 2018?
Answer To Question 1:
No. Generally speaking we only withdraw artificial nutrition in patients who are actively dying so withdrawing such treatment would not be the primary cause of death.
Question Number 2:
If such a register is kept can you advise if there is any independent internal or external audit made of such deaths and the degree to which there Is compliance with the BMA/RCP/GMC Guidelines, 2018 when such deaths occur?
Answer To Question 2:
Question Number 3:
Where deaths due to withdrawal of CANH are recorded and an audit is made of these, can you give an indication of the number such deaths in 2018 and in 2019 and the percentage of cases where the BMA/RCP/GMC Guideline Checklist has been used and fully completed?
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