How the DoLS can give voice to people with minimal consciousness

Earlier this week, Paul Briggs died, eighteen months after sustaining a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic collision that left him in a minimally conscious state (Source: BBC News). His death came a month after the Court of Protection had ruled that clinically-assisted nutrition and hydration CANH should be withdrawn from Paul as this was in his best interests. Paul’s wife, Lindsey, had applied to the court for CANH to be withdrawn on the basis that that was what Paul would have wanted.

This article written by Jakki considers the deprivation of liberty safeguards and their role in disorders of consciousness Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness & DoLS

Family of Paul Briggs encourage others to discuss end of life care

On Saturday 21st January, Paul Briggs, husband to Lindsey Briggs passed away further to a Court of Protection judgment in December that declared it was in his best interests for Clinical Assisted Nutrition and Hydration (CANH) and commonly referred to as a PEG tube to be withdrawn.

Lindsey contacted Empowerment Matters in December 2015 having been in touch with the Coma and Disorders of Consciousness Centre (CDOC) and asked Jakki to become Paul’s advocate. On behalf of the family, Jakki has spoken to several media sources including BBC  Breakfast, Radio 5 Live, The Jeremy Vine Show and Granada Reports about the role of advocacy, best interests decision making and the values that Paul held that ultimately led to the decision in December 2016 by Mr Justice Charles. The following is an excerpt from Granda Reports that has followed Paul’s story over the last few months and conveys what family would like others to be aware of.

The role of advocacy in PDOC

Judgment in the Court of Protection – Paul Briggs