When it comes to end of life care in hospitals, who should have the final say?
A patient has the right to refuse medical treatment. This can be problematic as it goes against the traditional role of healthcare professionals to enact interventions to save life. This becomes even more so the case when it comes to decision making around end of life care and the withdrawal of treatment (Staunton and Chiarella, 2007). Decisions related to this are not only difficult, but also can become both legally and ethically ambiguous.