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R (Tracey) v (1) Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2) Secretary of State for Health




QBD (Admin) (Nicola Davies J) 21/12/2012

2013-01-09

The court declined to hold a substantive hearing to investigate a hospital's non-resuscitation policy. It was particularly important, where ethical questions were concerned, that the court did not enunciate general propositions of principle outside of the particular factual context in which the issues arose. Courts should be reluctant to address ethical questions unless driven to do so by the need to resolve a practical problem.